The Dungeon is a 1922 race film directed, written, produced and distributed by Oscar Micheaux, considered the African-American Cecil B. DeMille due to his prolific output of films during the silent era, one of his greatest works being Body and Soul (1924). The Dungeon was his first horror effort, an early blaxploitation take on the Bluebeard legend.
Micheaux was criticized by , a columnist with the Chicago Defender, for his casting of light-skinned African Americans who could pass for white, attempting to make his films more commercially successful. Thomas questioned whether Micheaux was "relying on his name alone to tell the public that it is a race production; or maybe he is after booking it in white theaters."
The film focuses on Myrtle Downing, an African-American woman who is coerced into marrying a corrupt would-be politician named Gyp Lassiter even though she is really in love with Stephen Cameron, a young lawyer. When she discovers that her husband has conspired to support segregationist policies in exchange for support by white political power brokers, she objects to his crooked dealings and gets herself imprisoned in a secret dungeon where her husband had murdered his previous wives.
- Shingzie Howard as Myrtle Downing
- William Fountaine as Stephen Cameron
- J. Kenneth Goodman as Gyp Lassiter 
- William Crowell
- Earle Browne Cook
- Blanche Thompson
- Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 248.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
- "Overview – The Dungeon", The New York Times.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Dungeon", SilentEra.com.
- Gevinson, Alan, Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911-1960, University of California Press, 1997, ISBN 0-520-20964-8, p. 304.
- Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 249.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
- "The Dungeon (1922)" at IMDB.