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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THRILLS! CHILLS! MUSIC! GIRLS! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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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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Snake Venom!
30 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Pretty crazy whodunit featuring an all black cast trying to figure out who murdered the philandering trumpet player who was just about to go to Hollywood to Make It Big. Was it his wife? His Girlfriend? His Would-Be-Girlfriend? Her Father? His Butler? The newspaper guy? Who knows? And who cares? The result of this is just a little underwhelming, and the actors here don't really get me in a mood to care one way or another finding out. Why snake venom as a weapon? Who knows? Who cares? The music in this is alright, but there's little of it, and most of it is pretty "let's get this over with" This isn't worthy of your time. There are better all-black casted movies out there.


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