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Morris M. Levinson (story)
Donald Heywood (dialogue)
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Release Date:
9 July 1932 (USA) See more »
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An unscrupulous minister starts a 'back to Africa' movement. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fair movie. Vivienne Baber and A.B. Comathiere keeps you watching. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
A.B. DeComathiere ... Deacon Charcoal Johnson (as A.B. Comethiere)
Vivianne Baber ... Mary Lou Lawton
Knolly Mitchell ... Sug
Dan Michaels ... Brother Longtree
Mike Jackson ... Brother Lawton
Mary Jane Watkins ... Mrs. Bottoms
Harry Gray ... Deacon Jones
Lorenzo Tucker ... Carmichael, Attorney
Freeman Fairley ... Mob Leader
Ismay Andrews ... Mrs. Ashfoot
Trixie Smith ... Delia
James Dunmore ... Nappy
Johnny Lee ... Count of Zanzibar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bud Pollard ... Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Bud Pollard  (as 'Bud' Pollard)
Writing credits
Morris M. Levinson (story and adaptation)

Donald Heywood (dialogue)

Produced by
Bud Pollard .... producer
Cinematography by
Dal Clawson 
Film Editing by
Morris M. Levinson 
Art Direction by
Tony Contineri  (as Anthony Continer)
Costume Design by
Louis Brooks  (as Brooks)
Production Management
Charles P. Nasca .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Bannon .... assistant director (as Jos. A. Bannon)
Sound Department
Gerre Barton .... sound recording engineer
Armand Schettini .... sound recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Lester Lang .... assistant cinematographer
Other crew
Marc S. Asch .... technical director
Alfred N. Sack .... presenter (1936 changed-title re-issue)

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Also Known As:
"Harlem Hot Shot" - USA (reissue title)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fair movie. Vivienne Baber and A.B. Comathiere keeps you watching., 17 December 2004
Author: msladysoul ( from Michigan

The movie is fair. What kept my attention mostly was Vivienne Baber and her exotic attractiveness, sleek presence, and her pleasing, natural dramatic acting. She's classy and glamorous. She plays Mary Lou...caught between good and evil. She seems perfect for the screen, she never overacts but is moving without being over-dramatic, wish she could of did more movies in Black Cinema but she was a popular actress on stage appearing in many Broadway plays. Black Cinema needed more true actresses such as Vivienne Baker. A.B. Comethiere is perfect as Deacon Charcoal Jackson who is a hypocritical preacher but at the same time trying to influence his people to go back to Africa where they can have power and freedom. But ego and backstabbing comes back on him and ruins the faith the people had in him and his name. The character Charcoal is supposedly is a portrayal of Marcus Garvey. A.B is funny, he eats the screen up, when he's present he overshadows everyone with his dramatic and comedic abilities. A.B. was one of the early greats of theater and race films. The cast includes some of the more well-known black actors and actresses of theater and screen, A.B. Comathiere, Vivienne Baber, and The Black Valentino Lorenzo Tucker, one of the most handsome men in movies, as the cool, smooth attorney, because of these three the film is substantial and worth watching.

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