The Green-Eyed Monster

Jacksonville, FL: Norman Film Studios, 1920. Original US one sheet poster for the now-lost 1920 silent film. The first film to be made with an all-black cast by Norman Pictures, which came to specialize in cinema starring all-black casts and distributed to African-American movie houses.

From the Norman Film archive, thus rolled rather than folded, with a letter of provenance attesting to same.

Motivated by the success of Oscar Micheaux, the father of African-American cinema, Norman debuted the first of what would be many all-black films with "The Green Eyed Monster." The film was not initially a success, due to a dim response to its comedic elements. Norman edited the film and re-shot portions of it to make it a straight drama, and its 1920 re-release was a huge success. The edited portions actually became part of a slapstick romantic comedy, "The Love Bug."

The film's story centers on a passionate love triangle intercut with a vicious rivalry competition between two train companies to land a high-dollar mail contract. As with this poster, Norman went to great lengths to advertise the expense of the film's action sequences, including a rescue from burning car, fist fights, a pistol duel, an abduction, a locomotive chase, and a violent train wreck that purportedly cost $80,000.

28 x 42 inches (71 x 107 cm). Rolled, Very Good to Near Fine.


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