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1930-1939

Paradise in Harlem (1939)

Performer: Frank Wilson, Mamie Smith, Edna MaeHarris, Lucky Millinder and his orchestra, JuanitaHall Singers. Black comic Lem Anderson doesminstrel comedy on the vaudeville circuit, butdreams of becoming a serious stage actor. When hewitnesses a mob hit, he is forced to leave town. Heheads down south to find work, but he is plagued bypersonal demons and a drinking habit. Just as allseems lost, he is called back to New York to starin Shakespeare's play Othello, but when themobsters learn he has returned, they resolve tosilence him for good. 82 min.

Popeye Meets Sinbad (1936)

Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. After sending his giant bird, Rokh, to wreck Popeye's boat and kidnap Olive Oyl, Sindbad forces Olive to dance for him by firing buckshot at her feet with a pea-shooter. Popeye attempts to rescue her while J. Wellington Wimpy follows a duck around with a meat-grinder. After Popeye disposes of Rokh and Sindbad's two-headed, Yiddish-accented giant, Boola, it's a battle to the "finich" between the two legendary sailors. ; also on Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Porky in Egypt (1938)

Directed by Bob Clampett. Animated short. Porky is a tourist. He's missed the main camel, so he rents one of his own. Both of them are soon overcome by the hot desert sun; the camel starts hallucinating, and marches off, playing the bagpipes. Porky sees the camel swimming in a pool, but it turns out to be a mirage. The camel eventually recovers enough to bring both of them back to town, where Porky goes mad.

Princess Tam Tam (1935)

Directed by Edmond T. Greville. Cast:Josephine Baker, Albert Prejean, Robert Arnoux,Germaine Aussy, Georges Peclet, VivianeRomance, Jean Gallard. An exotic Pygmalion-likemusical comedy about a French author who goesto North Africa to write a novel but becomesdistracted--then entranced--by a native girlwhom he transforms into a "princess." 80 min.;
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Racist Little Rascals

Contents: Big ears / director, Robert McGowan (21 min.) -- Ladand a lamp / director, Robert McGowan (17 min.) -- Anniversary trouble / director, Gus Meins (18 min.) -- Little sinner /director, Gus Meins (18 min.) -- Three smart boys / director, Gordon Douglas (10 min.) -- Mush and milk / director, RobertMcGowan (18 min.) -- Spooky hooky / director, Gordon Douglas(11 min.) -- Kid from Borneo / director, Robert McGowan (18min.). Starring the Our Gang characters, including Spanky, Alfalfa, Stymie, Darla, Porky, Buckwheat, Butch, Wheezer, Chubby, Waldo, and Hattie McDaniel.

Robert und Bertram (Germany, 1939)

Directed by Hans H. Zerlett. Cast: Rudi Godden, Kurt Seifert, Carla Rust. In this musical farce, the first major Nazi Germany anti-semitic film, two 19th century vagabonds rob a Jewish banker and his friend to help a girl being forced to marry another Jew. Jews are portrayed here as clumsy, dull, greedy, and lecherous. In German 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Roman Scandals (1933)

Directed by Frank Tuttle; featuring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting,Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold, David Manners. In this musical comedya wistful young man from Oklahoma daydreams his way back to ancientRome in its hey-day where he finds himself a spokesperson for thedowntrodden Roman people, suffering under the tyrannical rule ofthe cruel and sneering Emperor Valerius. Features the characteractor Billy Barty (a little person) in blackface as a "shrunken"Eddie Cantor. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Rose of Washington Square (1939)

Directed by Gregory Ratoff. Cast: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Hobart Cavanaugh. Rose Sargent dreams of being a star but can only find work singing in dive bars and speakeasies. When she meets the handsome charmer Bart Clinton the two instantly fall in love. But he's a gambler and a con artist who seems to always wiggle his way in and out of trouble. While singing at her friend Ted Cotter's party Rose is discovered by a top agent and her life and career take off towards stardom. Rose quickly realizes she must choose which life and love she wants.

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