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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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I quite liked the movie--especially when compared with others in the 50-film pack
Paradise in Harlem was one of 50 films in one of those big packs of older movies. Perhaps it's not a good idea to sit down and watch the whole pack, without watching something completely different just to clear the palate. I had watched 4 or so of the films in the pack, and most were excruciatingly awful. Then I hit Paradise in Harlem, and it was like a breath of fresh air. Real people doing real things. Yes, there were stereotypes. On the other hand, John Candy could have been considered a stereotype. The characters were varied and had ups and downs. They didn't just stumble into good luck through deus ex machina. I just really liked this film. I could watch it and enjoy it and appreciate it. One little thing that I really liked--the filmmakers did not put us through Lem's no doubt silly, embarrassing vaudeville act; you saw only his makeup, which told you all you needed to know about his act.
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