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"A preacher is found out" from "Body and Soul" (1925)

Film by pioneer African American movie-maker Oscar MIscheaux. Starring Paul Robeson

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 1

In August 1948 Hollywood premiered “Miracle in Harlem” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the segregated African American audience. The film celebrated church life, small businesses, and the people of Harlem.

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 2 The Preacher

Creighton Thompson (1889-1969) plays Reverend Jackson. The actor sang with James Reese Europe's orchestra which in 1913 was the first African American orchestra to make a recording.

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 3 The candy-making family

Harlem's middle class

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 4 The Schemers

Secularists defraud the pious folk.

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 5 My Man, sweet as chocolate!

As a teenager, Juanita Hill sang in the church choir at the local Catholic church. The year after the release of “Miracle in Harlem,” Hill won a Tony Award for her role as Bloody Mary in the Oscar and Hammerstein production of the Broadway play “South Pacific.”

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 6 Schemes within schemes

Crooked paths cross.

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 7 Swindled!

A kindhearted woman gains respect, but the ruthless gain only wealth. Proverbs 11:16

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 8 Murder!

The words of the wicked lie in blood!

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 9 The schemers celebrate

The schemers got great music!

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 10 Framed!

Miracle in Harlem Episode 11 Aunt Hattie, church detective

Miracle in Harlem 1948 Episode 12 Saved!

Paul Wegener's "The Golem" (1920)

from Journey's article "Golem: demons, idols or saviors of the city?"