February 18, 2021 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


[FILM]. A group of 3 advertising sheets for The Crimson Skull, comprising:

The Norman Film Mfg. Co. presents "The Crimson Skull" Baffling Western Mystery Photo-play." 12.75 x 9.75 in. (Spotting, small losses at corners). Description of the film alongside a still of Anita Bush and her co-star. -- The Crimson Skull. All Colored Cast. 12.75 x 10 in. (A few small holes). A film still shows Lawrence Chenault at the gunpoint of the Crimson Skull, a masked bandit dressed as a skeleton, and surrounded by his hooded bandits. --The Crimson Skull. All Colored Cast. 14 x 11 in. (Some stains, loss with tear at upper edge, some markings). A close-up of Bush and Chenault with a horse. -- Jacksonville, FL: The Norman Film Mfg. Co., [1922]. 

Filmed in 1921 in the predominantly Black community of Boley, Oklahoma, the first all-Black Western film starred vaudeville and silent film actor Lawrence Chenault (1877-1943) alongside Anita Bush (1883-1974), the founder of the pioneering Black theater company Anita Bush All-Colored Dramatic Stock Company. The film also featured real-life Black cowboys Steve "Peg" Reynolds and Bill Pickett (1870-1932) who filmed The Bull-Dogger simultaneously. Only fragments of the original six-reel silent film survive. 

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