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Black Cast Films

Cab Calloway: 'Hi-de-ho' and OtherMovies

Showcasing the great jazz singer Cab Callowayin a variety of formats and environments, thissplended compilation of "soundies" and clips fromthe 1947 feature film Hi-De-Ho is testament to themaster showman's talent. Contents: Hi-de-ho -- Fooa little boogaloo -- I was here when you left me --We the cats shall help ya -- Minnie the moocher --One for my baby -- I can't give you anything butlove -- St.

Dark Manhattan (1937)

Directed by Harry Fraser. Cast: Ralph Cooper,Cleo Herndon, Clarence Brooks, Jess Lee Brooks, SamMcDaniels, Corny Anderson, Rubeline Glover, JamesAdamson. On the tough back streets of Harlem, thugsand crooks fight for control of the numbers racket.One small time hood, 'Curly' Thorpe, is enlisted bythe biggest mob boss in town. Larry B. Lee, to behis protege. Curly takes over the operation,bringing a new level of brutality and greed toLennox Avenue. Beautiful women, fast cars and hardcash are all that Curly cares about, but he stepson the wrong toes to get them.

Devil's Daughter (1939)

Directed by Arthur Leonard. Cast: Nina MaeMcKinney, Jack Carter, Ida James, HamtreeHarrington, Willa Mae Lane, Emmett Wallace.Leon Lee. Isabelle Walton (McKinney) returns toclaim her late father's Jamaican plantation.She encounters voodoo and and a jealoushalf-sister in the process. Comic relief byHamtree Harrington who thinks his soul has beenput into the body of a pig. 60 min. ;
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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.(1936)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: FrancineEverette, Don Wilson, "Piano" Frank, Old Hager,Spencer Williams, John King, July Jones. Inthis all black cast feature, Gertie LaRue andher troupe of performers arrive direct fromHarlem at the Paradise Hotel on the island ofTrinidad. They are there to do a show at theDiamond Palace, a club owned by Diamond Joe,who falls for Gertie. Gertie has left Harlem ina hurry and cannot go back there because shehas jilted her boyfriend, Al, who is nowlooking for revenge. 60 min. ;

Double Deal (1939)

Directed by Arthur Dreifuss. Cast: MonteHawley, Jeni Le Gon, Edward Thompson, FlorenceO'Brien, Shelton Brooks, F.E. Miller. Rivals for apretty singer get mixed up in gangster trouble. Oneof the beaus is a crook who robs a jewelry storeand frames the other boyfriend. The girl sorts thetruth out for herself. 60 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Duke is Tops (1938)

Directed by William L. Nolte. "Duke Davis(Ralph Cooper) has invested all his savings toback his sweetheart, Ethel (Lena Horne), in aroad show over the old T.O.B.A. circuit, onwhich they have both been performers sincechildhood. Marshall (Monte Hawley), a New Yorktalent scout, makes an offer to Ethel as asingle and, to induce her to take it, Dukewrites a fake check, made out to him, for $5000pretending he has sold his contract with Ethelto Marshall.

Gang War (1940)

Directed by Leo C. Popkin. Host: RichardRoundtree. Cast: Ralph Cooper, Gladys Snyder,Reggie Fenderson, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley,Jesse Brooks, Johnny Thomas, Maceo Sheffield,Charles Hawkins, Robert Johnson, Henry Roberts,Harold Garrison. Classic battle between 2 gangs forcontrol of the juke box machines in Harlem. 65 min.; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Girl in Room 20(1946)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: GeraldineBrock, July Jones, Spencer Williams, Mamie Fisher,Celeste Allen, Buzz Ayecock. A Texas girl moves toNew York to make it as a singer, but runs intotrouble with a man who offers to be her agent.Meanwhile her boyfriend arrives from Texas to winher back. A film produced by blacks for blackaudiences. 63 min. ; also ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Go Down, Death! (1944)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: Myra D.Hemmings, Samuel H. James, Eddye L. Houston,Spencer Williams, Ames Droughan, Walter McMillion.Based on a poem of the same title by James WeldonJohnson. Director, Spencer Williams. A minister'sreputation is in question as he wavers betweenheaven and hell. 50 min. ; also ; ; also on VHS Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

God's Stepchildren (1938)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Alice B.Russell, Trixie Smith, Jacqueline Lewis, CharlesThompson, Ethel Moses, Carman Newsome, GloriaPress, Alec Lovejoy, Columbus Jackson, LauraBowman. A light-skinned African-American orphan whorefuses to acknowledge her race is sent by herfoster mother to an all-black school. She resentsthis treatment and grows up to have a hard timefitting into black society. 65 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase