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1930-1939

Damaged Lives (1933)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Diane Sinclair, Lyman Williams, George Irving, Almeda Fowler, Jason Robards. A rich young man catches syphilis as the result of a wanton night on the town with a rich floozy and passes it on to his wife.

Dark Manhattan (1937)

Directed by Harry Fraser. Cast: Ralph Cooper,Cleo Herndon, Clarence Brooks, Jess Lee Brooks, SamMcDaniels, Corny Anderson, Rubeline Glover, JamesAdamson. On the tough back streets of Harlem, thugsand crooks fight for control of the numbers racket.One small time hood, 'Curly' Thorpe, is enlisted bythe biggest mob boss in town. Larry B. Lee, to behis protege. Curly takes over the operation,bringing a new level of brutality and greed toLennox Avenue. Beautiful women, fast cars and hardcash are all that Curly cares about, but he stepson the wrong toes to get them.

Devil's Daughter (1939)

Directed by Arthur Leonard. Cast: Nina MaeMcKinney, Jack Carter, Ida James, HamtreeHarrington, Willa Mae Lane, Emmett Wallace.Leon Lee. Isabelle Walton (McKinney) returns toclaim her late father's Jamaican plantation.She encounters voodoo and and a jealoushalf-sister in the process. Comic relief byHamtree Harrington who thinks his soul has beenput into the body of a pig. 60 min. ;
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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.(1936)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: FrancineEverette, Don Wilson, "Piano" Frank, Old Hager,Spencer Williams, John King, July Jones. Inthis all black cast feature, Gertie LaRue andher troupe of performers arrive direct fromHarlem at the Paradise Hotel on the island ofTrinidad. They are there to do a show at theDiamond Palace, a club owned by Diamond Joe,who falls for Gertie. Gertie has left Harlem ina hurry and cannot go back there because shehas jilted her boyfriend, Al, who is nowlooking for revenge. 60 min. ;

Double Deal (1939)

Directed by Arthur Dreifuss. Cast: MonteHawley, Jeni Le Gon, Edward Thompson, FlorenceO'Brien, Shelton Brooks, F.E. Miller. Rivals for apretty singer get mixed up in gangster trouble. Oneof the beaus is a crook who robs a jewelry storeand frames the other boyfriend. The girl sorts thetruth out for herself. 60 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Duke is Tops (1938)

Directed by William L. Nolte. "Duke Davis(Ralph Cooper) has invested all his savings toback his sweetheart, Ethel (Lena Horne), in aroad show over the old T.O.B.A. circuit, onwhich they have both been performers sincechildhood. Marshall (Monte Hawley), a New Yorktalent scout, makes an offer to Ethel as asingle and, to induce her to take it, Dukewrites a fake check, made out to him, for $5000pretending he has sold his contract with Ethelto Marshall.

Egyptian Melodies (1931)

Animated short. A spider descends into the sphinx; we follow behind it in a fairly impressive tracking shot. It reaches the central chamber and the mummies come to life and dance, as do the soldiers and royalty drawn on the wall. This includes a spirited chariot race. All the activity ultimately scares the spider, and it runs out. Directed by Wilfred Jackson. Walt Disney Studios.

Ekstase (Ecstasy) (Czechoslovakia / Austria, 1933)

Directed by Gustav Machatý. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Moog, Leopold Kramer, Jaromir Rogoz. Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, returning to her father's house. One day while bathing in the lake she meets a young man and they fall in love. The husband has become grief stricken at the loss of his young bride, and fate brings him together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him.

Emperor Jones (1933)

Directed by Dudley Murphy, with screenplay adapted by DuBose Heyward from the drama by Eugene O'Neill. Cast: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank Wilson, Fredi Washington, Ruby Elzy. 101min. ; DVD
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Awards & HonorsNational FilmRegistry Selection
Alsen, Eberhard. "Racism and the Film Version Of Eugene O'neill's The Emperor Jones." CLA Journal, Jun2006, Vol. 49 Issue 4, p406-422, 17p

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