The Blood of Jesus
) is a classic example of the "race film
" genre of films by African-American
directors and casts, geared exclusively for an African-American
audience. This film, written and directed by Spencer Williams Jr.
of the TV show Amos & Andy Show
(who also played Razz Williams in the film), is a morality tale about a woman (Cathryn Caviness
) who is accidentally shot to death by her husband. Facing death, she must choose between Hell
, represented as urban life, and Zion
, represented as pastoral America, and between Satan
. The climax comes when she makes her decision at the foot of the cross and wakes up to singing of her church choir. Intended to promote a Black Southern Baptist
ideal of a virtuous rural life, the film was a major success and one of the most popular films in its genre.
The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.