The Devil’s Daughter (1939)

35mm film, black and white
mono (Variray Blue Seal Recording), English

An American borderline horror film directed by Arthur Leonard. It was made with an all-black cast and was largely booked into cinemas in areas with a large black potential audience.

Plot Summary

A woman returns to Jamaica from Harlem to manage her late father's banana plantation and is troubled by the insistent sound of voodoo drums.


Directed by: Arthur Leonard
Sack Amusement Enterprises presents
Produced by: Arthur Leonard
Location Manager: Syl Priestley
From the Original Story by: George W. Terwilliger
Photography: Jay Rescher
Assistant Camera: Tom Priestley
Edited by: Datlowe
Wardrobe: Renée
Make-up: Richard Willis
Musical Score: John Killam
Sound: Dean Cole

Leon Lee (narrator)
Nina Mae Mckinney (Isabelle Walton)
Jack Carter (Philip Ramsay)
Ida James (Sylvia Walton)
Hamtree Harrington (Percy Jackson)
Willa Mae Lane (Elvira)
Emmett Wallace (John Lowden)

Alternative Titles

Daughter of the Isle of Jamaica



  • Black Camera vol.13 no.2 (Autumn/Winter 1998) p.2 – interview with Willa Mae Lane (An interview with Lady Lane)
  • Film Comment vol.21 no.5 (September/October 1985) p.35 – note


  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Sennp.438-439
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.230
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.511