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Birmingham Black Bottom: The First Black Talkies.

Contents: Music hath harms / Cast: Spencer Williams, Roberta Hyson, Curtis Mosby's Dixieland Blue Blowers -- The melancholy dame / Cast: Evelyn Preer, Spencer Williams, Roberta Hyson -- Framing of the shrew / Cast: Evelyn Preer, Edward Thompson-- Oft in the silly night / Cast: Spencer Williams, Roberta Hyson. These groundbreaking comedies, the brainchild of pioneer director, Al Christie, are from the first series of talking pictures written and conceived for black performers, rare shorts from 1929. With the advent of sound, Christie decided to produce a series of all black cast comedy-musical shorts adapted from Octavus Roy Cohen's "Darktown Birmingham" stories. To cast his comedies, he chose from the talent of the famous Lafayette Players Stock Company of Harlem. 75 min.