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Black Cast Films

Harlem Rides the Range (1939)

Director, Richard C. Kahn. Cast: HerbertJeffrey, Lucius Brooks, Flournoy E. Miller,Artie Young, Spencer Williams, Clarence Brooks,Tom Southern. In this all-black cast westernmelodrama, a gun slinging cowboy saves theuranium mine of his girlfriend's father. ; ;
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Harlem Swings

1940's-50's musical all-black comedy shortsubjects, starring Ethel Waters, Stepin Fetchit,Dusty Fletcher, Louis Jordan, and others. 70 min.-424

Hi-De-Ho (1947)

Motion picture starring big band sensation CabCalloway (portraying himself). 63 min.

Jazz Cocktails Hollywood rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 2.

In this collection of musical shorts some ofthe greatest names in jazz are presented in some oftheir earliest filmed performances. Featuring DukeEllington, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway,and Bing Crosby who bends the definition of jazz tocroon three ballads. Perhaps the gem of this filmhowever is Office Blues in which a pre-stardom,pre-Astaire Ginger Rogers cavorts in an Art Decoextravaganza.

Juke Joint (1947)

Director, Spencer Williams. Cast: SpencerWilliams, July Jones, Inez Newell, LeonardDuncan, Dauphine Moore, Melody Duncan,Katherine Moore, Tilford Patterson, AlbertSmith, Howard Galloway, Clifford Beamon,Frances McHugh, Don Gilbert, Mac and Ace, Kitand Kert, The Jitterbug Johnnies, Duncan'sBeauty Show Girls. Two slick talking traveling"thespians" seek a room at the home of MamaHoliday and become embroiled in her family'saffairs. Mama is at odds with her dreamerhusband & glamour-seeking daughters, one ofwhom is propositioned by the owner of the localjuke joint.

Killer Diller (1948)

Directed by Josh Binney. Cast: Dusty Fletcher,George Wiltshire, Butterfly McQueen, NellieHill, Freddie Robinson, William Campbell, EdgarMartin, Sid Easton, Gus Smith, Jackie Mabley,Ken Renard. The story of a magician who doesdisappearing acts between stage performances ofa variety program. This musical includesperformances by Dusty Fletcher, the King ColeTrio, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Andy Kirk and hisorchestra. Considered one of the best earlycomedies starring an all-black cast. 70 min.;

Lying Lips (1939)

A classic melodrama from famed director OscarMicheaux, stars Edna Mae Harris as a nightclubsinger who is unjustly convicted and sent toprison for the murder of her aunt. Co-producedby the distinguished black aviator, ColonelHubert Julian. 60 min.. ;
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Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and theStory of Race Movies.

Recounts the story of race movies produced forAfro-Americans from the 1920s through 1950 andthe role played by Oscar Micheaux, the leadingAfro-American producer and director. Thesemovies were designed for Afro-Americans andwere frequently shown at midnight. Theypresented Afro-Americans in a positive light.Featuring interviews with Afro-American actorsand actresses, and historians. 58 min.
Bibliography on thistopic: Seeseparate bibliography of books, articles,and websites about Oscar Micheaux

Midnight Shadow Tyler-Texas BlackFilm Collection: The Missing Link in BlackCinema (1939)

Directed by George Randol. Cast: Frances Redd,John Criner, Richard Bates, Ollie Ann Robinson,Clinton Rosemond, Buck Woods. Mr. Wilson who ownsTexas land with oil on it is murdered and the deedsto the oil land stolen. Two "bumbling" detectives,Junior and Lightfoot, investigate the murder by the"Midnight Shadow," seeking to clear their friend ofmurder. A film produced by blacks for blackaudiences. 54 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Miracle in Harlem (1948)

Directed by Jack Saindlin. Cast: Hilda Offay,Sheila Guyse, William Greaves, Kenneth Freeman,Stepin Fetchit, Savannah Churchill. A sweet oldwoman who runs a candy manufacturing businessout of her home with the help of her niece anda young divinity student, is swindled out ofher business by a big businessman and his son,who has connections with the underworld. Twomurders follow in this suspenseful film thatalso has touches of humor. A film produced byblacks for black audiences. 80 min. ; 999:2630

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