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Midnight Shadow (1939)

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In a quiet, all-black Oklahoma community live the Wilsons, whose pretty daughter Margaret is courted by awkward Buster and suave stage mentalist Prince Alihabad. On one busy night, Mr. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frances Redd ...
Margaret Wilson
Buck Woods ...
Lightfoot
Richard Bates ...
Junior Lingley
Ollie Ann Robinson ...
Mrs. Emma Wilson
Clinton Rosemond ...
Mr. Dan Wilson
Jess Lee Brooks ...
Sgt. Ramsey (as Jesse Lee Brooks)
Edward Brandon ...
Buster Barnett
Laurence Criner ...
Prince Alihabad (as John Criner)
Pete Webster ...
Mr. John Mason
Ruby Dandridge ...
Mrs. Lingley
Napoleon Simpson ...
Mr. Ernest Lingley
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In a quiet, all-black Oklahoma community live the Wilsons, whose pretty daughter Margaret is courted by awkward Buster and suave stage mentalist Prince Alihabad. On one busy night, Mr. Wilson shows his valuables to Alihabad, who plans to elope with Margaret; a mysterious man hangs around while another burglarizes the house; and someone murders Mr. Wilson! Will the killer be caught by the police, or by bumbling correspondence-school detective Junior Lingley? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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An inept screenplay with some pathetic comedy and little mystery.
6 February 2000 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Whoever wrote this mystery must have shrunk from embarrassment. You will notice there is no screenwriter in the credits, not even an uncredited one. After a reasonable start, including the suspense of having an intruder enter the bedroom of an elderly sleeping couple, the movie goes downhill rapidly. And it has one of the most anticlimactic endings for a mystery I have ever seen. I would like to say you may enjoy the comedy, but I can't. There is a limit of ineptness beyond which a character comes off just stupid rather than funny. Richard Bates plays this kind of a character. He dresses in a Sherlock Holmes hat and pipe and looks for fingerprints with his magnifying glass. Except he looks everywhere except at the crime scene. That's the level of comedy in this movie. His partner, Buck Woods, isn't quite as stupid, but comes close. Their comedy relief was really bad. About the only thing I liked was seeing Ruby Dandridge (the mother of Dorothy Dandridge) in her first film. There was no musical entertainment in the film, quite unusual for a "race" film made for black audiences, since that was often a staple of such films.


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