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1940-1949

Bataan (1943)

Directed by Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan. WWII movie featuring what DonaldBogle has called the movies' representation of "New Negro" in the military (an increasingly sympathetic image in the war and post-waryears). Bataan features Kenneth Spencer as a black demolitions expert who figures prominantly and heroically in the action of themovie. 115 min.

Beware (1946)

Directed by Bud Pollard. Cast: Louis Jordan,Frank Wilson, Emory Richardson, Valerie Black,Milton Woods, Joseph Hilliard, Tommy Hix, CharlesJohnson, John Grant, Walter Earle, Ernest Calloway,Dimples Daniels, Aristo-Genes Girls Club, TympnayFive. Ware College is about to close its doorsforever because its endowment has run dry. A lastminute appeal to famous alumni brings the college'splight to the attention of Louis Jordan.

Black Anthology Cartoons. Vol. 1 (1937-1947)

Contents: Uncle Tom's cabana (1947, 9 min.) -- UncleTom's bungalow (1937, 8 min.) -- Eliza on ice (1944, 6min.) -- It happened to Caruso (1938, 7 min.) -- Vodoo inHarlem (1938, 7 min.) -- Popeye ala mode (1945, 7 min.) --Swing wedding (1937, 8 min.) A collection of sevenstereotypical cartoons of Afro-Americans produced in the'30's and '40's. Includes parodies of Harriet BeecherStowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and of Jack Benny withappearances by cartoon characters Mighty Mouse, Popeye andBosko.Uncle Tom's Cabana: Uncle Tom went from cabin tocabana to ward off the mortage.

Black Toons

Vol. 1: A warning to vandals and hoodlums[theater announcement] -- Trailers for Blackboard jungle,Go, Johnny, go, Rock, rock rock -- Uncle Tom's caba?na(1947) -- Uncle Tom's bungalow (1937) -- Mighty Mouse inEliza on the Ice (1944) -- Coal Black and de sebben dwarfs(1943) -- It happened to Crusoe (1941) -- Pop-Pie ala mode(1945) -- Swing wedding (1937). Bonus selections: Weirdcartoons: Bambi meets Godzilla, Betty Boop in Crazy town;You auto lay an egg ; [excerpt from It's a bird withCharles Bowers] ; Small fry ; Frogland ; Cobweb hotel) ;Munster's TV episode Mar.

Boarding House Blues (1948)

Directed by Josh Binney. Cast: Dusty Fletcher,Lucky Millinder and Orchestra, Bull MooseJackson, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Una MaeCarlisle, Berry Bros., Marie Cooke. An "evil"landlord threatens to evict "Moms" and hertenants from their boardinghouse because shecan't pay the rent. Since the tenants aremostly entertainers they decide to put on ashow to raise the money. 90 min. ;
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Border Incident (1949)

Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya. The Mexico-California border is the power-keg setting for a tale of government agents versus greed and murder. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Border Street (Ulica graniczna) (Poland, 1948)

Director, Aleksander Ford. A tragedy about an old tailor who tries to save his daughters and others in the Warsaw ghetto. Culminates with the uprising of 1943, when Jews, supported by the Polish underground, take up arms and die fighting. 122 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Director Arthur Leonard. Cast: Tim Moore, BettiMays, Elmwood Smith, Warren Patterson, Al Jackson,Duke Williams, Sheila Guyse, Slam Stewart Trio, SidCatlett and Band, Basil Spears, Ann Cornell,Harlemaniacs, Milton Wood, Gene Krupa, Deek Watsonand The Brown Dots. Tim Moore in an Amos 'n AndyKingfish impersonates a wealthy spinster fromParis. Includes a series of musical performances byblack artists including Slam Stewart, Sid Catlett,Deek Watson and a guest appearance by Gene Krupa.70 min.

Brewster's Millions (1945)

Directed by Allan Dwan. Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, June Havoc, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. A soldier returns from war to marry his girl and is informed that he has inherited 8 million dollars, but there are stipulations. He must spend $1 million of that money in less than two months before his 30th birthday in order to inherit the rest. But since he cannot tell anyone about him spending the money as part of the agreement, everyone thinks that Brewster has flipped when he practically knocks himself out on a spending spree. 79 min.

Broken Earth (1939)

Directed by Roman Freulich. Cast: ClarenceMuse. A widowed farmer with a sick young son praysfor his son's recovery. A ray of sunlightaccompanied by spiritual music signifies that hispleas won't go unanswered. A film produced byblacks for a black audience. 17 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

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