The Liberation of L. B. Jones


1h 42m 1970

Brief Synopsis

A black undertaker stands against racism in a small Southern town.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Mar 1970
Production Company
Liberation Co.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones by Jesse Hill Ford (Boston, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Steve and Nella Mundine arrive in Somerton, Tennessee, where Steve is to join the law firm of uncle Oman Hedgepath. Arriving on the same train is Sonny Boy Mosby, a young black bent on avenging a childhood beating inflicted by white policeman Stanley Bumpas. Hedgepath is persuaded by Steve to accept the divorce suit of Lord Byron Jones, a wealthy black funeral director. Although Jones has named white policeman Willie Joe Worth as corespondent, his wife Emma contests the suit, hoping to receive a settlement sufficient to meet the needs of the child she has conceived by Worth. When Hedgepath informs the officer of the suit, he is alarmed. Fearful of scandal, Worth demands that Emma forego the contest and beats her when she refuses. After fruitlessly requesting Jones to drop the suit, Worth, assisted by officer Bumpas, arrests the undertaker. Although Jones escapes, he is pursued into a junkyard. Tired of flight, the black confronts the officers and is promptly shot and castrated. Notwithstanding the policemen's confession, Hedgepath and the town mayor decline to prosecute the murderers. Sonny Boy Mosby, however, unknowingly avenges Jones' murder by pushing Bumpas into a harvester. Despairing of southern justice, the Mundines leave town, departing on the same train as Sonny Boy Mosby.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Mar 1970
Production Company
Liberation Co.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones by Jesse Hill Ford (Boston, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Humboldt, Tennessee. The working title of this film is The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring March 1970

Released in United States Spring March 1970