The Bar Sinister (1917) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bar Sinister (1917)




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For those not around in 1917, "bar sinister" referred to illegitimacy. In this case, the person whose heritage in question is Southern belle Hedda Nova, who has been listed in the record books as "part-colored." Hedda must prove that she's 100% white in order to gain acceptance in the community.


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Critic Reviews for The Bar Sinister

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Just to detail Its story would not show it to you at all, because, grippingly human as that story is, it is in its... richness of types, its graphic limning of race prejudice, that it towers over any other picture' of its sort ever made.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Under this title Edgar Lewis has produced an eight-reel drama of the South In a manner which, aside from the interest of the story, is bound to attract attention. The photography, by Edward C. Earle, shows some marvelously beautiful pictures

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

The Bar Sinister is as welcome as the flowers in May after such vicious photo plays as The Birth of a Nation.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Nothing more entertaining and altogether artistic has been seen in a long time.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

It never tires and the action always maintains the remarkable degree of suspense introduced by the ominous events of the prologue.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

The picture exposes, in the eloquent language of the screen, the blind folly of race hatred.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

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