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1930-1939

Midnight Shadow Tyler-Texas BlackFilm Collection: The Missing Link in BlackCinema (1939)

Directed by George Randol. Cast: Frances Redd,John Criner, Richard Bates, Ollie Ann Robinson,Clinton Rosemond, Buck Woods. Mr. Wilson who ownsTexas land with oil on it is murdered and the deedsto the oil land stolen. Two "bumbling" detectives,Junior and Lightfoot, investigate the murder by the"Midnight Shadow," seeking to clear their friend ofmurder. A film produced by blacks for blackaudiences. 54 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Mirele Efros (USA, 1939)

Directed by Josef Berne. Cast: Berta Gersten, Michael Rosenberg, Ruth Elbaum, Albert Lipton, Sarah Krohner, Moishe Feder, Louis Brandt, Paula Walter, Jerry Rosenberg. Mirele, a noble, dignified widow and successful businesswoman, comes into conflict with the daughter-in-law she chose for her eldest son. Her generosity and love for her son lead to her undoing. Based on Jacob Gordin's popular Yiddish play, the film is set in turn-of-the-century Grodno. A classic study in the relations between mothers-and-daughters-in-law. 80 min.

Moon Over Harlem (1939)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Bud Harris,Cora Green, Izinetta Wilcox, Carl Gough, SlimThompson. An unusual musical melodrama with anall-black cast about Harlem widow Minnie whomarries "Dollar" Bill, a shady gambler who isafter her money and her attractive daughter,Sue. Sue is in love with Bob, an idealist whodecides to organize the community against localracketeers and does not realize that hiswould-be father-in-law Dollar Bill is one ofthem.

Mothers of Today (Hayntike Mames) (USA, 1939)

Directed by Henry Lynn. Featuring Esther Field, Max Rosenblatt, Simon Wolf, Leon Seidenberg, Paula Lubelska, Vera Lubow. A melodrama about a cantor's son who steals, runs off with a woman of questionable morality and even breaks his mother's heart." An important period piece, this film reflected the fears of American Jews about the erosion of the Jewish way of life and traditions, as they knew it. In Yiddish with English subtitles. 90 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field, John King, Iva Stewart. Chinese-American detective Mr. Moto heads to Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the priceless crown of the Queen of Sheba. 63 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Murder in Harlem (1935)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: ClarenceBrooks, Dorothy Van Engle, Laura Bowman, AndrewBishop, Alec Lovejoy, Bee Freeman. A youngwoman is murdered at the National Chemical Labsand the nightwatchman is arrested. Then thescene shifts back three years to a man who fellin love with a woman but was unable to expresshis true feelings. Now he is a lawyer and thewoman he loved is the sister of thenightwatchman who is on trial for murder.Together, they find the real murderer and fallin love again. 95 min. ;

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