Arlington, Florida. Norman Studios. No date. Ca. 1928.
Broadside mailer 3 1/2 x 11 inches, unfolding to four sheets size 22 x 14 inches, including a full-page facsimile of the advertising Lobby Card. Black and white photo illustrations with blue or gold-tone background coloring; some printed text in blue; overall good condition with 3 inch repaired tear. An uncommon ephemeral item; WorldCat lists three library holdings. One full-size sheet lists "A Great Line of Exploitation Accessories" including Window Cards and Slides; another full-size sheet offers a second facsimile Lobby Card. Text reads, following title, "Thrilling Epic of the Oil Fields WITH AN ALL COLORED CAST...A SMASHING PHOTO PLAY." Also offered are three sample "feature" items "that your Colored Paper should be glad to publish." These include intriguing sub-titles; for example: "Thrilling oil picture made in Tatums, Oklahoma, the all-colored city"; "Black Gold brings Prosperity to Colored Ranchers," etc. A headline announces to the films potential exhibitors: "Black Gold will Swell Your Bank Account" while elsewhere it is proclaimed "You have never seen Action in a colored picture like Black Gold." The film stars J. Lawrence Criner, Kathryn Boyd and the "Original Lavayette Players." A scarce item; five WorldCat listings for ephemera related to this motion picture; overall good condition with repair tear noted and short breaks at some folds. Item #51712