The Film Detective celebrates Black History Month with trailblazing filmmakers and stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age


The Film Detective will show movies nightly in honor of Black History Month and feature marathons in honor of director Oscar Micheaux, trailblazer Ida Lupino and Valentine’s Day.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cinedigmethe leading independent streaming company serving passionate fanbases, today announced that The movie detectivethe classic film restoration and distribution company, will present a nightly film featuring pioneering filmmakers and stars in honor of Black History Month, nightly at 8 p.m. ET in February.

Newcomers will join the annual lineup, including Gil Noble’s 1977 documentary about actor and activist Paul Robeson, The tallest tree in our forest, and the 1948 musical Killer Dillerfeaturing musical talents like Nat ‘King’ Cole and the Andy Kirk Orchestra.

Recently deceased at 94, actor and activist Sidney Poitier will be remembered with a screening of his first drama The mark of the falcon (1957)also with Eartha Kitt, on February 20.

Pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux will also be celebrated on February 13, with a showcase of three Micheaux classics, God’s Stepchildren (1938), Extended lips (1939)and In our doors (1920)accompanied by a TFD Original Oscar Micheaux Tributenarrated by Dana Hersey.

Marathons on The Film Detective in February will include a celebration of filmmaker and trailblazer Ida Lupino on February 4, what would have been her 104th birthday, with a mini-marathon of Lupino classics, including The Bigamist (1953), Four star playhouse (1952-1956)and The hitchhiker (1953). The Film Detective will also celebrate the season of love on Valentine’s Day with romantic classics from good go beautiful (1951) with David Niven and Vera-Ellen for Mister Imperium (1951), with Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza and Debbie Reynolds. Recently deceased at 87, the actor Dwane Hickman will be honored with a marathon of his sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1963) February 19.

Notable titles recently added to The Film Detective channel include Sherlock Holmes classics A study in scarlet (1933) and silver flame (1937)the action drama This is Flash Casey (1938)and elementary cinema (2021)an original Ballyhoo Motion Pictures production, fresh from The Film Detective’s Sherlock Holmes Vault collection.

The first 100% Technicolor dance musical will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from The Film Detective in February, Dancing pirate (1936)February 22. Nominated for the Oscar for best dance direction, the Dancing pirate presents a new restoration from rare and original 35mm archival material, with an all-new 4K scan. Special features include an audio commentary and an original author insert essay jennifer churchill; Glorious Pioneers: The Birth of Technicoloran interview with the author/historian, David Pierce; and Ambushed by mediocrity: remembering the dancing piratean interview with a film producer/historian, Michael Schlesinger.

To pre-order Dancing pirate on Blu-ray and DVD, visit

The classic film and TV app Film Detective is available to stream on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. For more information on The Film Detective’s February lineup, visit


Kerry Ryan

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About The Film Detective:

The Film Detective is a leading distributor of restored classic programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports and documentaries, and is a division of Cinedigm. Launched in 2014, The Film Detective has distributed its vast library of over 3,000 hours of films on DVD and Blu-ray and through major broadcast and streaming platforms including TCM, NBC, EPIX, Amazon, MeTV, PBS, etc The Film Detective has launched its classic movie app on web, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV and is available live with a 24/7 channel on Sling, STIRR, Plex, Local Now , Rakuten TV and DistroTV. For more information, visit

About Cinedigm:

For over twenty years, Cinedigm has led the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. Today, Cinedigm entertains hundreds of millions of consumers around the world by providing premium content, streaming channels and technology services to the world’s leading media, technology and retail companies.

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