Up for bid on eBay is this exceptionally rare and historically important original movie script for Norman Studios' silent film "The Bulldogger," starring rodeo star Bill Picket.
The seller says, "Offered is the original 20 page, typescript detailing the screen shots and the printed titles in sequence of this historically important American silent movie... No copies of The Bulldogger have survived and the plot and story line of the film were unknown - until now!
The seller continues, "This...script provides the complete story line of this important all black cast Western...and as such it is a true film and African American history treasure!"
"The Bulldogger was an important all black cast film as well as an important landmark in the cowboy Western Film genre," The seller concludes. "The fact that no copies exist and that its plot and story line are unknown has been a major loss for film historians. The Bull-Dogger, an 'All Colored Cast' Silent Film, was produced by Richard Norman and his Norman Film Manufacturing Co. in 1921 for distribution to the 120 theaters around the United States catering to black film audiences at the time. In the 1920s, Richard E. Norman (1891-1960), a white filmmaker and distributor of silent films, produced a number of works using all African American casts and crews. At a time when mainstream movies portrayed black people as menacing villains, ignorant savages, or simple-minded rustics, Norman championed positive, heroic roles of African Americans."
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