The Gunsaulus Mystery (1921)

A young black man is accused of the murder of a white woman.


Oscar Micheaux


Oscar Micheaux


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Preer Evelyn Preer ... Ida May Gilpin
Edward R. Abrams Edward R. Abrams ... Sydney Wyeth
Lawrence Chenault Lawrence Chenault ... Anthony Brisbane
Louis De Bulger Louis De Bulger ... Lem Hopkins
E.G. Tatum E.G. Tatum
Mattie Wilkes Mattie Wilkes
Bessie Bearden Bessie Bearden
Ethel Williams Ethel Williams
J. Edwin Brown J. Edwin Brown ... (as Edward Brown)
Mabel Young Mabel Young
Hattie Christian Hattie Christian
Ethel Watts Ethel Watts
George Russel George Russel ... (as George Russell)
W.D. Sindle W.D. Sindle
Alix Kroll Alix Kroll


A young black man is accused of the murder of a white woman.

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Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

1921 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Micheaux Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a Film Quarterly article, the inspiration for this story came partly from the Leo Frank trial in Atlanta, Georgia, when the Jewish factory superintendent Frank was found guilty of, and lynched for, the murder of a white, teenage, female employee. See more »


Referenced in That's Black Entertainment: Actors (2002) See more »

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The 38 Year Old Oscar Micheaux
27 October 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

I like this film, even though it may be poorly lit, rustic acting (bearing in mind that due to budgetary constraints they could only do one take) and technically inferior to mainstream films, it did present a story from a black perspective which brings a bit of diversity to the film-making machine.

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