Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spencer Williams, Jr.--Before Amos 'n Andy

Before his role as "Andy" in the controversial television series Amos 'n Andy, Spencer Williams, Jr. made an even more important mark in the American Film industry.

Spencer Williams starred, wrote, produced, and directed a string of movies during the 1930's and 40's--making him one of (the other being Oscar Micheaux) the most prominent African-American filmmakers of that time. 

  Unfortunately, his work in Amos 'N Andy has eclipsed his pioneering work. 

But have no fear--Captain Internet is here!
(I apologize for that corniness--there was no way I could resist typing that out.)

Below is a list of films either written, produced, directed by, and/or starring Spencer Williams, Jr.


Mr. Williams wrote and starred in this legendary Western. 


Mr. Williams wrote and starred in this Sci-Fi Thriller. 

This movie is credited with being the first Sci-Fi/Horror film with an all-Black cast. 


Mr. Williams wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this historical film. 


Mr. Williams wrote (uncredited), directed, and starred in this movie. Its tagline: "Saturday Sinners and Sunday Saints Clash in the Battle of Good Against Evil!"


Mr. Williams co-directed this musical documentary.


Mr. Williams directed and starred in this film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel, Rain.


Also, here is an episode of the early 1950's television series, Amos 'n Andy. The episode is titled "The Uranium Mine". 


  1. Me and my brother in law was talking about how movies and shows today have short cut scenes (I think that's what he called it) and we couldn't remember a show or movie that had long ones, it was nice to see it in this show. It was pretty good.

  2. Thank you for these historical facts about Mr Williams. The characters of the amos&andy show was incredibly intelligent, writers, film pioneers andy businessmen. More people (poc) need to know so they won't have such a negative attitude about this show.


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