Norman, Richard E., 1891-1961

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Film producer and distributor Richard Edward Norman, 1891-1961, began his career as a cameraman for the Capitol City Film Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, about 1912. He soon went into business for himself and by 1920 had made a number of short films as a travelling film producer. After 1920 Norman established himself and his company in Jacksonville, Florida, and began producing all black films. He made several of these "race" films in the 1920's and distributed them through the 1930's. Norman continued to be involved with the motion picture industry in one capacity or another until the mid 1950's. Among the films produced by Norman are Bell Starr (1912), The Man at the Throttle (1915), Sleepy Sam the Sleuth (1915), The Wrecker (1915), The Green-Eyed Monster (1916 and 1920), Pro Patria (1916), The Love Bug (1920), The Crimson Skull (1921), The Bull-Dogger (1921), Regeneration (1923), The Flying Ace (1926), and Black Gold (1928).

From the description of Papers, 1912-1954. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 777851449

Richard E. Norman was a filmmaker, inventor, and businessman. After working for several years in the Midwest as a roving filmmaker, he set up the Norman Film Manufacturing Company in Jacksonville, Florida in 1920. The company lasted until 1928, producing and distributing some of the first feature films to recognize the contribution of African-Americans to the settlement of the West. The films featured African-American actors and were intended primarily for segregated African-American audiences.

From the description of Scripts, title scenarios and postcards, [1915?-1923]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81477501

Richard Edward Norman began his career as a cameraman for the Capitol City Film Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, about 1912. He soon went into business for himself and by 1920 had made a number of short films as a travelling film producer. After 1920 Norman established himself and his company in Jacksonville, Florida, and began producing all‑black films. He made several of these "race" films in the 1920's and distributed them through the 1930's. Norman continued to be involved with the motion picture industry in one capacity or another until the mid‑1950's.

Among the films produced by Norman are Bell Starr (1912), The Man at the Throttle (1915), Sleepy Sam the Sleuth (1915), The Wrecker (1915), The Green‑Eyed Monster (1916 and 1920), Pro Patria (1916), The Love Bug (1920), The Crimson Skull (1921), The Bull‑Dogger (1921), Regeneration (1923), The Flying Ace (1926), and Black Gold (1928) .

From the guide to the Norman, R.E. mss., 1912-1954, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

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creatorOf Norman, Richard E. (Richard Edward), 1891-1961. Papers, 1912-1954. Indiana University
referencedIn Jacobberger, Francis Benedict, 1898-1962. Francis Jacobberger architectural papers, 1910-1962. University of Oregon Libraries
creatorOf Norman, Richard E. Scripts, title scenarios and postcards, [1915?-1923]. Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
creatorOf Norman, R.E. mss., 1912-1954 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Norman, Richard E., 1891-1960. Miscellaneous papers. Jacksonville University, Carl S. Swisher Library
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Northfield (Minn.)
United States
United States
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African Americans in the motion picture industry
Western films
Silent films
Motion pictures--Censorship
Motion pictures--Distribution
Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Motion picture producers and directors
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Death 1961

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