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Ralph Cooper (I) (1908–1992)

Ralph Cooper was called "The Dark Gable" after Clark Gable, of course, because of his handsome, rugged good looks and his charm and wit. Too talented and handsome for Hollywood and wouldn't accept stereotype roles Hollywood gave Blacks - so he went and made and starred in films for Blacks. While choreographing a Shirley Temple movie "Poor Little ... See full bio »


(age 84) in Harlem, New York, USA

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The Duke Is Tops
The Duke Is Tops Duke Davis
Gangsters on the Loose
Dark Manhattan
Dark Manhattan Curly Thorpe
Gang War
Gang War Bob 'Killer' Meade


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 1940 Am I Guilty?
Dr. James Dunbar
 1940 Gang War
Bob 'Killer' Meade
 1937 Dark Manhattan
Curly Thorpe
 1936 Lloyd's of London
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1936 White Hunter
Hide Hide Show Show Writer (4 credits)
 1938 Gang Smashers (story)
 1938 The Duke Is Tops (writer)
 1937 Gangsters on the Loose (screenplay) / (story)
 1937 Dark Manhattan (uncredited)
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 1938 The Duke Is Tops (uncredited)
 1937 Dark Manhattan (uncredited)
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 1984 The Cotton Club (special consultant)
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl (dances staged by)
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 1937 Dark Manhattan (producer - uncredited)
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 1938 The Duke Is Tops (production manager)
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 1938 The Duke Is Tops (performer: "Harlem Is Harmony" - uncredited)

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Music video for Anita Baker: "No One In The World"

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