Between swing and blues musical numbers, the story of comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave ... See full summary »
Between swing and blues musical numbers, the story of comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave town. Lem becomes a wanderer, then an alcoholic. Finally a chance to play Othello draws him back to Harlem. Is it too late for Ned? Or too soon to suit Rough Jackson's mobsters? Melodramatic events lead to an unusual conclusion. Written by
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This movie is by far one of the best in Black Cinema, an all star cast consisting of Percy Verwayen, Edna Mae Harris, Francine Everett, Babe and Eddie Matthews, Norman Astwood, Frank Wilson, Madeline Belt, Lucky Millander, Alec Lovejoy, and Mamie Smith. This movie is about a performer who wants to do Shakespeare but no one wants to give him a chance, they rather see him in "blackface." He gets caught up in trouble when he sees a murder committed by gangsters and they do all they can to ruin his life and career, but he finally gets his chance to do Shakespeare and its almost ruined by the audiences until the saints and the sinners join together and bring jazz and gospel together. The Othello scene is the best. The entertainment is wonderful. You get to see why Harlem became a household name and why black performers were called the best entertainers. Babe Matthews is electrifying, Francine Everett is as wonderful as an actress can be, Edna Mae Harris is vibrant as ever, Madeline Belt is sweet and hot, Percy Verwayen is the man you'd love to hate. You can't go wrong with this, Black filmmakers should check this one out and try to make movies like this.
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