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Black Cast Films

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.

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.

Black Shadows on a Silver Screen.

History of the motion picture made by Black filmmakers between 1900 and 1950, including scenes from these films. Emphasizes the attempt by Black filmmakers to provide alternatives to the lack of sensitivity and racism of Hollywood films by portraying Blacks realistically. 52 min.

Blue Melodies (Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3)

Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935); Those Blues - Vincent Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington (1930); A Bundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933); Jitterbug Party - Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930); St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby (1933).Eight mini musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends of jazz and blues from the early years of sound film production.

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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Body and Soul (1925)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Paul Robeson, Julie Theresa Russell, Marshall Rogers, Chester A. Alexander, Walter Comick, Mercedes Gilbert. Paul Robeson stars in this early silent film of a minister gone corrupt. He associates with the owner of a house of gambling, forces a girl to steal and later kills the girl's brother. But, when all is said and done it's only a dream. 80 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

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.

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 Movie Database

Broken Strings (1940)

Directed by Bernard B. Ray. Cast: ClarenceMuse, Sybil Lewis, William Washington,Tommiwitta Moore, Stymie Beard, Pete Webster,Edward Thompson, Buck Woods, Jess Lee Brooks,Earl Morris. An all-Black melodrama concerninga classical violinist who injures his fingers.His son tries to earn the needed cash torestore his father's paralyzed hand byfollowing in his father's footsteps as aviolinist but to his father's displeasure, heprefers swing to classical music. 70 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Burlesque in Harlem (1949)

Directed by William Alexander . A typical 1950Harlem burlesque show, complete with racy slapstickcomedy, bawdy blues singers, showgirls, and slicktap dancers. Featuring Burlesque in Harlem: Dewey"Pigmeat" Markham, George Wilshire, Vivian Harris,Dick Barrow, Jo Jo Adams, Hucklebuck Jones, TarzaYoung, Slip and Slide, Princess D'Orsey, MabelHunter, Gertrude Baby Banks, Gloria Howard. 49 min.;

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