Top of page

Film, Video [By right of birth--clips]

digital viewing copy

About this Item

Title

  • [By right of birth--clips]

Summary

  • Consists of short clips, flash frames, and some interior titles; clips appear to be out of order: detective Pinky Webb resting his aching feet; Juanita Cooper being thrown from a horse and aided by Philip Jones; various scenes of Geraldine Cooper, alone and with Manuel Romero; scenes with various characters in Mr. Jones' office, including Pinky Webb, Frank Cooper, Juanita Cooper, Minnie Childers, and "Mother" Agnes. Also includes an 8 second clip (1:44 min. to 1:52 min.) of footage from the 1917 film, Trooper of Troop K, also produced by Lincoln Motion Picture Co. Depicted in the clip are actors Jimmie Smith, Beulah Hall, and Noble Johnson.

Names

  • Gant, Harry A., 1881-1967, film director, cinematographer
  • Mitchell, Dora, 1891-1970, screenwriter
  • Johnson, George P., 1885-1977, author
  • Reynolds, Anita Thompson Dickinson, 1901-1980, actor
  • Brooks, Clarence, actor
  • King, Webb, 1896-1984, actor
  • George, Beatrice, actor
  • Bates, Lester, actor
  • Meehan, Lew, actor
  • Ellenwood, Grace, actor
  • Smith, Jimmie, 1892-1981, depicted
  • Hall, Beulah, 1899-1952, depicted
  • Johnson, Noble, 1881-1978, depicted
  • Lincoln Motion Picture Company, production company

Created / Published

  • [1921]

Headings

  • -  Adoptees--California--Los Angeles--Drama
  • -  Heiresses--California--Los Angeles--Drama
  • -  Mothers and daughters--Drama
  • -  Fraud--Drama
  • -  Oil and gas leases--Oklahoma--Drama
  • -  Freed persons--Drama

Genre

  • Race films
  • Film clips

Notes

  • -  Anita Thompson, Clarence Brooks, Webb King, Beatrice George, Lester Bates, Lew Meehan, Grace Ellenwood.
  • -  Includes an 8 second clip (1:44 min. to 1:52 min.) of footage from the 1916 film, The trooper of Troop K, also produced by Lincoln Motion Picture Co. Depicted in the clip are actors Jimmie Smith, Beulah Hall, and Noble Johnson.
  • -  Filmed between April 2, 1921 and April 25, 1921 in Los Angeles, California.
  • -  One of five films produced and released by the Lincoln Motion Picture Company. All are thought to be lost, apart from these clips from their last feature, By right of birth, released theatrically in 1921. Originally six 35 mm reels (approximately 6,000 ft.), it was directed and photographed by Harry Gant. The scenario was written by Dora Mitchell and the story by George P. Johnson, with costume design by Claudius Booker.
  • -  Summary for feature film: Juanita Cooper has been raised in Los Angeles by adoptive parents, Frank and Geraldine Cooper. Geraldine incurs a debt and becomes involved in a nefarious scheme with an unscrupulous stockbroker, Manuel Romero. He intends to obtain land leases belonging to Freedmen in Oklahoma--formerly enslaved Black people who had had American Indian owners. The land that was allotted to Freedmen or their descendants, is, unbeknownst to them, rich in oil, and very valuable. Romero learns of a missing allottee named Helen Childers. He forges her signature on a lease to get her rightful proceeds for himself. Meanwhile, Juanita's adoptive mother, Geraldine Cooper, working with detective, Pinky Webb, discovers that Juanita is the missing Helen Childers. After learning of her heritage, Juanita decides to search for her biological parents, helped by a young attorney, Philip Jones, a friend from college. Jones also happens to be representing Minnie Childers, Juanita's biological grandmother. Philip learns of Romero's scheme to defraud Juanita. They fight, and Romero is killed in an automobile chase. Juanita is reunited with her birth mother, "Mother" Agnes, and inherits a fortune.
  • -  LC also holds a four minute edited sound version of these clips on the Pioneers of African-American cinema Blu-ray disc set.
  • -  Sources used: Film & Television catalog card in the Moving Image Research Center; AFI catalog online viewed July 5, 2022; Internet movie database, July 5, 2022.

Medium

  • 1 video file (digital) (2 min.) : si., b&w.

Source Collection

  • AFI/UCLA/Johnson (George P.) Collection, Dept. of Special Collections Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2022602518

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright or other restrictions in the vast majority of motion pictures in these collections. Absent any such restrictions, these materials are free to use and reuse.

In rare cases, copyrighted motion pictures are made available by special permission to the Library and may be used only for educational purposes. For example, the Gershwin home movies fall within this category. Rights assessment is your responsibility. No registration information exists for some titles, and reproduction of some titles may be restricted by privacy rights, publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Additionally, some works may still be protected by copyright in the United States or some foreign countries. The written permission of the copyright owners in materials not in the public domain is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions.

Whenever possible, we provide information that we have about copyright owners and related matters in the catalog records, finding aids and other texts that accompany collections. You should consult the catalog information that accompanies each item for specific information. This catalog data provides the details known to the Library of Congress regarding the corresponding item and may assist you in making independent assessments of the legal status of these items for their desired uses. You should also consult restrictions associated with donations to the Library.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.

More about Copyright and other Restrictions.

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Gant, Harry A., Film Director, Cinematographer, Dora Mitchell, George P Johnson, Anita Thompson Dickinson Reynolds, Clarence Brooks, Webb King, Beatrice George, et al. By Right of Birth--Clips. produceds by Lincoln Motion Picture Companyuction Company [1921] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2022602518/.

APA citation style:

Gant, H. A., Mitchell, D., Johnson, G. P., Reynolds, A. T. D., Brooks, C., King, W. [...] Johnson, N. (1921) By Right of Birth--Clips. Lincoln Motion Picture Companyuction Company, prod [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2022602518/.

MLA citation style:

Gant, Harry A., Film Director, Cinematographer, et al. By Right of Birth--Clips. prod by Lincoln Motion Picture Companyuction Company [1921] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2022602518/>.