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Circular for the Plaza Theatre advertising The wages of sin, probably 1929 Jan. 2-5


author: Plaza Theatre
extent: [2] p.
date: probably 1929 Jan. 2-5
summary: Circular for the Plaza Theatre advertising the film The Wages of Sin, a 1927 Micheaux release, dated January 2 to January 5, 1929. The cover of the circular features an image of an evil-looking man holding a frightened woman. Next to the image, a question is posed: "Is he man or devil?" The name of the theater and the dates on which the film will be shown appear above the image. The title of the film and the words "all-star colored cast" appear below the image. The interior of the circular features five images from the film along with the title and the names of the stars. The back provides a brief synopsis of the film, nested between two images from the film. The synopsis promises that there will be a plot twist, an unusual character, thrilling events, and a logical and happy climax.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 20
folder: 191
item:

subjects:
Plaza Theatre
Micheaux Film Corporation
Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951
Tucker, Lorenzo
Birdsong, Sylvia
Clayton, William A.
Daniels, Billy, 1912-
Noisette, Katherine
Russell, Alice B.
African Americans in the motion picture industry
African Americans in motion pictures
Race in motion pictures
Race films--United States
Feature films--United States
Film posters
Advertising--Motion pictures
Advertising fliers
Motion picture theaters
Wages of sin (Motion picture : 1927)
Circulars




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ATTRACTION EXTRAORDINARY
PLAZA THEATRE
FOUR DAYS ONLY
WED. [WEDNESDAY], THURS. [THURSDAY], FRI. [FRIDAY] & SAT. [SATURDAY]
JANUARY 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th

[Note: Poster image for the film depicting a sinister man embracing a reluctant, desperate woman]

IS HE MAN OR DEVIL?

Oscar Micheaux's Production
THE WAGES OF SIN
From the Story "ALIAS JEFFERSON LEE"
with an ALL-STAR COLORED CAST
DISTRIBUTED BY
MICHEAUX PICTURES COMPANY
NEW YORK CITY]




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[Note: The text is surrounded by five images from the film depicting romance, high living, and danger]

A. Burton Russell
Presents
THE WAGES OF SIN
With an all star
COLORED CAST
From the story
"ALIAS JEFFERSON LEE"

LORENZO TUCKER -- SYLVIA BIRDSONG -- WM. [WILLIAM] A. CLAYTON, JR. -- KATHERINE NOISETTE -- WM. [WILLIAM] BAKER -- ALICE B. RUSSELL]




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[Note: The page is framed by a red border with a continuous serpentine decoration.]

[Note: Film photograph showing two men, apparently the two brothers of the story, escorting a woman in formal attire.]

"THE WAGES OF SIN" -- Brief Synopsis

Oscar Micheaux's latest contribution to the screen and an adaptation from the story "ALIAS JEFFERSON LEE," with an all-colored cast, tells the story of two brothers, who meet shortly after the opening of the story when the older, Winston Le Jaune goes home to bury his mother. His older sister, when they are alone, delivers the mother's dying message which was for him to bear with the younger brother, J. Lee, who has already been shown, while they were soldiering together in France, to be a coward

Winston is a motion picture producer and employs J. Lee. Shortly after J. Lee arrives, he begins to steal the company's money, which he spends on women, in cabarets and on wild parties, and is discharged.

In the beginning, J. Lee had only crippled the firm by his thefts -- but once reinstated, he sets out to wreck it -- and succeeds, betraying his brother in the meanwhile. At this point the story takes an unexpected turn; a new and unusual character enters the picture, and the activities that follow add thrills and the heroism is of an unusual nature, bringing the story to a logical and happy climax that will please everybody.


[Note: Film photograph showing the brothers arguing, surrounded by two concerned women and a child.]