Girl From Chicago, The (1932)

Girl From Chicago, The (1932)

“Go ahead, Wade — smack me in the mouth with your fists so I can love you!”

A young schoolteacher (Star Calloway) falls in love with a secret service agent (Carl Mahon) who tries to prove that a singer (Eunice Brooks) has been falsely accused of murder.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • African-Americans
  • Falsely Accused
  • Juano Hernandez Films
  • Musical
  • Romance

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, “everyone should see at least one film by the notorious Oscar Micheaux — the most prolific black director of all time, and arguably the worst.” Peary’s seemingly random Micheaux selection for his book — 1932’s The Girl From Chicago — is indeed dreadful: heads and other body parts are routinely cut out of the frame; the musical interludes are boring; the storyline holds little interest; and, as Peary notes, “the acting by the light-skinned blacks is wretched.” Yet this and other Micheaux films are notable for having all-black casts at a time when Hollywood films were literally dominated by white actors, and are worth a brief look simply for historical purposes.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • A representative film by the most prolific black director of all time

Must See?
Yes — simply because, as Peary notes, every film fanatic should see at least one film by Micheaux (though it doesn’t necessarily need to be this one).


  • Important Director


One thought on “Girl From Chicago, The (1932)

  1. First viewing. Thank God *that’s* over!!!

    “Everyone should see at least one film by the notorious Oscar Micheaux”?! If this is representative…no no no no NO!!!


    Forget the cinematography. Rotten script. Acting that isn’t just bad – it’s non-existent! This is just one complete mess.

    OK…so he consistently cast all-black actors when that wasn’t done. SO WHAT?! Bad is bad!

    This isn’t even Ed Wood bad. With Wood, you always get the feeling that he has a love of film and is always *trying* to make a good film…even if they always end up bad.

    With Micheaux…who the f**k knows what he’s doing!

    There is no excuse for this. Period.

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