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Midnight Shadow (1939)

Approved | | Mystery
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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Complete credited cast:
Frances Redd ...
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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murder | police | hindu | thief | prowler | See All (17) »

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Frances Redd is the sister of exotica organist Korla Pandit, but this was kept secret from the public to maintain Pandit's ruse that he was from India and not African-American. See more »

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Mostly badly acted mystery...
15 September 2001 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 9/15/2001 - 4 out of 10(Dir-George Randol): Mostly badly acted mystery involving the murder of a man in a black community. Besides the antics of a couple of funny detectives this is otherwise a very uninteresting film. It does have some merit because it was a complete black production from an age where blacks were only given small and very predictable characters in the white-owned film world of the day. This film wouldn't have broken the barrier even if it was made by a big budget film maker because of the very simple story. I am glad that this has been put to video just for a historical reason if for nothing else and to give us a different perspective on this culture in these times.


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