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Film, Video Of one blood

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  • Of one blood


  • This film follows the lives of three African American brothers, Zebedee, Zachariah, and Zion Ellis. When the river near their home floods, the young brothers attempt to help their family flee to higher ground. In the process, Zachariah is seriously injured when he is thrown from a mule. While trying to get him to a doctor, the levee breaks, killing their parents. Zebedee and Zion are able to swim to shore, but Zachariah is seemingly lost. As adults, Zebedee is a policeman and Zion works to become the deputy district attorney. To improve the city, the two brothers decide to take on the bootlegging gang and their powerful leader, Jones. When the gang kidnaps Zion's fiancé, Zebedee tracks down their hideout to rescue her and in the process discovers that Jones is actually their brother Zachariah.


  • Williams, Spencer, 1893-1969, screenwriter; film director; actor
  • Kier, H. W. (Harley William), 1891-1967, film producer
  • Hemmings, J. W., actor
  • Sack Amusement Enterprises

Created / Published

  • United States : Sack Amusement Enterprises, 1944.


  • -  African Americans--Drama
  • -  Brothers--Drama
  • -  Alcohol trafficking--Drama


  • Crime films
  • Feature films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J.W. Hemmings, Spencer Williams, Jr., Geraldine Maynard, Edwin T. Henry, Hugo Martin, L.K. Smith, "Jackie" Thomas, Elroy Easley.
  • -  According to the AFI catalog, the NYSA records indicate that this film was approved for showing in New York in 1945, but modern sources list it as a 1944 release. The Film Daily from August 1944 lists the release date as September 15, 1944.
  • -  Sources used: Film daily, August 9, 1944, accessed via Internet Archive WWW site ; The American Film Institute catalog of motion pictures produced in the United States. Feature films, 1941-1950, Film entries, M-Z, 1999, p. 1737.


  • 1 video file (digital) (ca. 61 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • AFI/Dudik (Edward) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2022601508

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Williams, Spencer, Screenwriter; Film Director; Actor, H. W Kier, J. W Hemmings, and Sack Amusement Enterprises. Of One Blood. United States: Sack Amusement Enterprises, 1944. Video.

APA citation style:

Williams, S., Kier, H. W., Hemmings, J. W. & Sack Amusement Enterprises. (1944) Of One Blood. United States: Sack Amusement Enterprises. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Williams, Spencer, Screenwriter; Film Director; Actor, et al. Of One Blood. United States: Sack Amusement Enterprises, 1944. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.