Cast & Crew
Harry A. Gant
After his crops are destroyed by the boll weevil, a black parson from Georgia leads a small band of his followers to the Midwest, hoping to find better farming conditions there. They become the tenants of Mary Barnett, and the parson's daughter, Rose, falls in love with Ralph Barnett, Mary's son. Ralph works in the city and is part of a snobbish and elite social set led by Grace Dean, whose brother Bob sweet talks Rose into singing in a cabaret in the city. Ralph goes in search of Rose and finds her in time to prevent her corruption by cabaret life. They return to the Barnett farm, and Rose is forgiven by her father.
Harry A. Gant
Dora Dean Johnson
E. C. Dyer
This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.
Writer-director Harry A. Gant and actor Clarence Brooks had worked together earlier for the Lincoln Motion Picture Co. In a letter dated August 18, 1930 to William G. Nunn of the Pittsburgh Courier, published in the 23 August issue of the newspaper, Gant takes issue with a review Nunn wrote concerning this film. Gant writes that his company made the film "primarily and principally for colored people."
Comparing this film to other black-cast films of the time, Gant, a white man, commented, "if Mr. Nunn's interpretation of the colored cast motion picture is to be along the lines of the white companies' productions such as Hallelujah, Hearts in Dixie and others of that type, Mr. Brooks and myself have been working in vain. We have tried, with our limited means, to make a picture with an all-Negro cast, showing the Negro as he really is in all walks of life....if we made pictures of the Negro singing spirituals, eating watermelon and shooting craps, as is generally done by white people, we could not possibly show them in colored houses and please colored audiences.... That the picture is below standard, from the angle of the big white producing companies, is right and because of the fact that they have 20,000 theaters in the United States to derive their income from against our 200, it is up to the colored people of the United States to overlook our shortcomings in the matter of cost of production and to give us their support or any other company that is sincerely endeavoring to make pictures to please the colored people, or they will be forced to have to sit and watch people of some other race enact the principal roles of the future moving picture." The Chicago Whip criticized the sound quality of the film: "Not one voice registers clearly even 'talkie clear,' while from where we sat the pause between conversation of the performers appeared entirely too lengthy at times." The name of the production and distribution company was also given as Rosebud Productions.