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Mystery in Swing (1940)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monte Hawley ...
Biff Boyd
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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Very Stylish
20 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

The plot follows a routine B-picture formula. Someone with a lot of enemies is murdered. Who did it? Along the way, we get vignettes of each of the characters. There's also lots of music. The music -- swing (as one could guess) and jazz is not to my taste particularly but it's sensationally well performed.

What sets this apart from the rest is that it's a race picture. The performers are black and it was made for all-black audiences. I love watching these movies when they turn up. Some are superb, like Edgar Ulmer's "Moon Over Harlem." Some are quite good. Many are disappointing --or maybe were made so cheaply they haven't survived well today.

This movie is has several beautiful actresses, whom I don't recognize right off. The actors are skilled also. And it's short, professional, and snappy. Catch it if you have the chance!


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