Monday, September 20, 2021

The Face at Your Window -- September 20, 2021

Lakeland Evening Telegram, 22-September-1921

I was concerned when I came across ads for this movie. Was this another movie like Birth of a Nation where the Ku Klux Klan are the good guys? 

Moving Picture World, 24-September-1921

I was more concerned when I saw that the Klan staged a march to endorse the movie, which was showing at a theater in Atlanta.  

I dug around through some reviews and found that the movie was about labor and anti-immigrant issues. The recently organized American Legion comes in to cool down a strike, but the costume is troubling. 

Meanwhile, the Klan was going through a big revival, which encouraged and was encouraged by rerelease of DW Griffith's Birth of a Nation. This ad was for a showing at the Convention Hall in Tulsa, which ironically was a place where African American residents were herded while their neighborhood was being destroyed during the Tulsa Race Massacre a few months earlier:

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