Chloe (1934)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This racist horror film from director Marshall Neilan was inspired by "Chloe -- Song of the Swamp," a minor hit for Eva Taylor. Silent film star Olive Borden is Chloe, a woman of mixed parentage who lives in the swamps with an elderly black voodoo practitioner named Mandy (Georgette Harvey), who hates whites because her husband was lynched. Romance is present in the form of Jim, who wrestles an alligator to rescue Chloe, and her true love Wade (Reed Howes), who works at the local turpentine factory. All the black characters despise white people, and even Mandy turns against the mulatto girl she raised, trying to cut her heart out in a voodoo ritual. As in many such efforts, "whiteness" wins out in the end. This is a sad spectacle to behold today, but was par for the course in 1934.

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mulatto, racism, rescue, swamp, voodoo, witch-doctor