The Brute (1920 film)

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The Brute
The Brute 1920 newspaperad.jpg
Newspaper advertisement for the film
Directed by Oscar Micheaux
Produced by Oscar Micheaux
Written by Oscar Micheaux
Cinematography "Whitie" [Note 1]
Micheaux Film Corp.
Distributed by Micheaux Film Corp.
Release date
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent

The Brute is a 1920 silent race film directed, written, produced and distributed by Oscar Micheaux. No print of the film is known to exist and the production is believed to be a lost film.[2] The original version of the film included a scene where the boxer defeats a white rival, but Micheaux was forced to remove the scene by censors.[3]


Herbert Lanyon is thought to be dead after a shipwreck, and his fiancée Mildred Carrison is forced by her money-minded Aunt Clara into marriage with "Bull" Magee, a gambler and underworld boss who mistreats Mildred. After Herbert returns, Magee undergoes financial difficulties that he blames on Mildred and Herbert, and seeks revenge. Herbert and a repentant Aunt Clara, however, free Mildred from Magee, and the lovers are able to marry. A subplot involves boxer "Tug" Wilson, who is ordered by his manager Magee to lay down in the seventeenth round of a prizefight at the film's climax. No other information concerning the plot has been discovered.

-American Film Institute


  • Evelyn Preer - Mildred Carrison
  • A. B. DeComathiere - Bull Magee
  • Sam Langford - Tug Wilson
  • Susie Sutton - Aunt Clara
  • Lawrence Chenault - Herbert Lanyon
  • Laura Bowman - Mrs. Carrison
  • Mattie Edwards - Guest in "The Hole"
  • Alice Gorgas - Margaret Pendleton
  • Virgil Williams - Referee
  • Marty Cutler - Sidney Kirkwood
  • Floy Clements - Irene Lanyon[4]
  • Louis Schooler - Klondike
  • Harry Plater
  • E. G. Tatum
  • Al Gaines

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In the records of the George P. Johnson Negro Film Collection, the cameraman was identified only as "Whitie."[1]


  1. ^ "The Brute". American Film Institute. 
  2. ^ “Progressive Silent Film List: The Brute,”
  3. ^ “The cutting gaze of Oscar Micheaux,” UWM Leader, February 8, 2006
  4. ^ Foster, A.L. (November 22, 1958). "Other Peoples Business: A Proud First". Chicago Defender – via ProQuest. (Subscription required (help)). 

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