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African Americans in Film

Black Anthology Cartoons. Vol. 3 (1934-1946)

Contents: Scrub me Mama with a boogie beat (1941, 7min.) -- John Henry and the Inky Poo (1945, 8 min.) --Jasper in a jam (1946, 7 min.) -- Rasslin' match (1934, 11min.) -- The lion tamer (1934, 9 min.) -- The early wormgets the bird (1940, 8 min.) -- The little broadcast (1943,8 min.). Includes puppetoons by George Pal, two featuresstaring Amos n' Andy, Charlie Barnet and his orchestra andvocals by Peggy Lee. Scrub me Mama with a boogiebeat: Lazy Town is the sexiest, most racist andfoot-stompinist laundry mat in the country. John Henryand the Inky Poo: Puppetoon by George Pal.

Black Devil Doll (1963)

Directed by Jonathan Lewis. Cast:Heather Murphy, Natasha Talonz, ChristineSvendsen, Precious Cox, Erika Branich,Martin Boone. During an innocent game onthe Ouija board, Heather and her friendssummon the soul of a recently executedserial killer whose spirit is trapped in aflesh-hungry African American ventriloquistpuppet. "The meanest, nastiest, dirtiest,raunchiest, ass-kickin'est Afro-American... controversial exploitation film of thecentury" -- Container. 72 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Black Devil Doll (2007)

Directed by Jonathan Lewis. Cast:Heather Murphy, Natasha Talonz, ChristineSvendsen, Precious Cox, Erika Branich,Martin Boone. During an innocent game onthe Ouija board, Heather and her friendssummon the soul of a recently executedserial killer whose spirit is trapped in aflesh-hungry African American ventriloquistpuppet. "The meanest, nastiest, dirtiest,raunchiest, ass-kickin'est Afro-American... controversial exploitation film of thecentury" -- Container. 72 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Black Legion (1936)

Directed by Archie L. Mayo. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Ann Sheridan. In this first leading role in a major movie for Humphrey Bogart, he plays a factory worker,disappointed at not being promoted, who joins a Ku Klux Klan-like group.

Black Like Me (1964)

Directed by Carl Lerner. Cast: James Whitmore, Will Geer,Roscoe Lee Browne. A dramatization of the true story of a whitewriter in the early 1960's who chemically changed the color of hisskin in order to experience life as a black man in the South. Basedon the book by John Howard Griffin (Moffitt E185.61.G8; Main StackE185.61.G75). 107 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Black Mama, White Mama (1973)

Directed by Eddie Romero. Cast: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, LynnBorden, Zaldy Zschornack, LaurieBurton. Two extradited female prisonersin a Philippine jungle prison,prostitute Lee Daniels and guerrillafighter Karen Brent, will do anythingto escape. Their chance comes during atransport on which they are shackledtogether. After killing a guard theyare on the run for their lives,igniting a bloody shoot out betweengangsters and a group ofrevolutionaries. 86 min.
Credits and other information from theInternet Movie Database

Black Shadows on a Silver Screen.

History of the motion picture made by Blackfilm makers between 1900 and 1950, including scenesfrom these films. Emphasizes the attempt by Blackfilm makers to provide alternatives to the lack ofsensitivity and racism of Hollywood films byportraying Blacks realistically. 52 min.

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.

Blackenstein (1973)

Directed by William A. Levey. Cast:John Hart, Ivory Stone, Andrea King, LizRenay, Roosevelt Jackson. Eddie is aVietnam veteran who loses his arms and legswhen he steps on a land mine, but abrilliant surgeon is able to attach newlimbs. Unfortunately an insanely jealousassistant (who has fallen in love withEddie's fiance) switches Eddie's DNAinjections, transforming him into agigantic killer. 87 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Blacula (1972)

Directed by William Crain. Cast:William Marshall, Denise Nicholas,Vonetta Mcgee, Gordon Pinsent, ThalmusRasulala, Emily Yancy, Lance Taylor,Sr., Charles Macaulay. In 1815 theAfrican prince Mamuwalde is cursed byDracula and sealed in a coffin doomedto be tortured by an unquenchable lustfor blood. Two decoratorspurchaseBlacula's coffin and unwittinglyrelease him and become his firstvictims. 93 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

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