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Blood of Jesus

USA 1941
produced by
Amegro Films, Sack Attractions
directed by Spencer Williams
starring Cathryn Caviness, Spencer Williams, Juanita Riley, Reather Herdeman, Rogenia Goldthwaite, James B.Jones, Frank H.McClennan, Eddie DeBase, Alva Fuller, Rev.R.L.Robertson, the Heavenly Choir
screenplay by Spencer Williams, based on the poem Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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By pure accident, agnostic Razz' (Spencer Williams) gun goes off and severely injures his wife Martha Ann (Cathryn Caviness), a devout Christian. Soon, the Doctors give up on her and say from now on it's in God's hands whether she lives or dies - which calls her church community to her bedside to sing hymns for hours on end, and even Razz finds to God and he starts to pray for her like nobody's business. Eventually Martha Ann is declared dead though, which doesn't stop her hubby from praying really hard ...

Martha Ann meanwhile finds herself on the way to heaven, but she is intercepted by the Devil (James B.Jones) and his henchmen Green (Frank H.McClennan) and Brown (Eddie DeBase), who promise her new cloths and the like if she accompanies them to the city, where they invite her to a juke joint, obviously a place of sin if there ever was one.

It's not long though before Martha Ann wants to get back on her way to heaven, but now the devil's henchmen won't let her ... but at that time, Martha Ann experiences salvation when Jesus weeps tears of blood - not in the least because of her still praying hubby - and she is called back to life ...


This all-black film is the directorial debut of Spencer Williams (of later Amos 'n Andy-fame) is - like many of his later movies - a morality play with a very blunt religious message. Produced on a shoestring and mainly consisting of people singing hymns, there is actually not much the film has to offer - it only comes to life briefly when the devil and his helpers try to lure Martha Ann away from the righteous path -, still it might be interesting as a document of the poor state all-black cinema was in due to the segregation and what filmmakers still tried to achieve in spite of that.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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