This "all-black" silent melodrama was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux, the most prolific supplier of screen entertainment for African-American movie theaters. Micheaux's leading lady, Evelyn Preer, starred as a young Chicago girl visiting her aunt in Mississippi. The girl is accosted by the nasty son of a white planter and barely escapes being raped. Happily, Elmer Harris (Lorenzo McLane) of the Justice Department is also present and can arrest Ballinger. Elmer reappears in Harlem, New York months later, once again rescuing a damsel-in-distress, this time the old aunt (Henrietta Lovelass), who has been falsely accused of murdering a crooked casino proprietor (Edward Thompson, Evelyn Preer's real-life husband). The Spider's Web proved popular enough for Micheaux to remake it in 1932, this time under the title The Girl From Chicago.
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