In and around some great blues, swing and jazz music, a very unpopular band-leader. Prince Ellis, is killed in a Harlem nightclub, and, in and around some more great music, a detective ... See full summary »

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Monte Hawley ...
Marguerite Whitten ...
Linda Carroll
Tommie Moore ...
Mae Carroll
Edward Thompson ...
Capt. Hall
Buck Woods ...
Buck Bedford
Jess Lee Brooks ...
John Carroll
Josephine Edwards ...
Maxine Rae
Sybil Lewis ...
Cleo Ellis
Robert Webb ...
Prince Ellis
Alfred Grant ...
Chet Wallace
Tom Southern ...
Sgt. Phipps (as Thomas Southern)
Halley Harding ...
Editor Bailey
Leonard Christmas ...
Lawyer Jones
Earle Morris ...
Reporter Wayburn
John Lester Johnson ...
'Champ', Nightclub Owner
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In and around some great blues, swing and jazz music, a very unpopular band-leader. Prince Ellis, is killed in a Harlem nightclub, and, in and around some more great music, a detective finds the lists of suspects is very long, as Prince Ellis was indeed very unpopular with many citizens. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Swinging Sweet and Lightly
Written by CeePee Johnson
Sung and played on piano by CeePee Johnson
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One of the better Films!
25 February 2004 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

This black cast film was enjoyable, a wonderful all-star Black cast displaying excellent acting and entertainment. Monte Hawley was considered the greatest actor of his race and he proved it. Monte Hawley was in the most used actor on stage and screen. Monte starred in many hit black cast films. Monte Hawley was wonderful in this movie, this is the best. Josephine Edwards stole the movie with her beauty, acting, singing, dancing talent- wonder why she didn't go further. Would of loved to see her in more movies. CeePee Johnson and his Orchestra had a great sound and CeePee was a amazing bandleader and singer. I enjoyed it and I'm sure you will too. Great singing by The Four Toppers- I wonder if the Four Tops knew it was a good of the same name before them. But, most of the black cast films are pleasant but its the entertainment that carries and steals the movie but in this case the acting is good and entertainment. The whole all-star cast if wonderful and holds their own. This movie is one of the better of the black cast films.


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