Go Down, Death! (1945)

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The owner of a juke joint arranges to frame an innocent preacher with a scandalous photograph, but his scheme backfires when his own adoptive mother interferes.


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4 January 2020 | bkoganbing
5
| What the wages of sin are
Spencer Williams's film Go Down Death is a low budget allegory about what some really serious sin will get you in the afterlife. Given this isn't exactly done on a DeMille like budget you have to give it A for effort.

Preacher Samuel H. James is preaching against the sinful activities going on at Spencer Williams's juke joint so Williams decides to set up Jones with some compromising pictures with some loose women. But Williams's aunt Mya Hemings is one of his parishioners gets a hold of the blackmail pictures and Williams kills her for them.

After that the film is quite surreal, but effective given its budget. It's an interesting insight into the culture of the black churches of the time.

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