Was Woody Stode ever cast as a cowboy before Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West?
In Ford was he a 'negro'? In Sergeant Routlegde, for instance?
Who was the first white director (i.e. not Oscar Micheaux) to present a 'black' actor as such? Great though Micheaux was, I feel he was too much part of the race cinema of the US in the 1920s, 30s and 40s to see beyond its restrictions.