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Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941)

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Dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall...who wants revenge; and Pa's ... See full summary »

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Mamie Smith ...
Hattie
Alec Lovejoy ...
Flivver Johnson (as Alex Lovejoy)
Norman Astwood ...
Mr. Marshall
Augustus Smith ...
Pa Wilkins (as Gus Smith)
Alberta Perkins ...
Mercedes
Edna Mae Harris ...
Singer
Sidney Easton ...
Speed Simmons
Dene Larry ...
Ola Wilkins
Ernie Ransom ...
Jim Bracton
Earl Sydnor ...
Gregory
Herman Green ...
Lomax
George Williams ...
Montoute
Cristola Williams ...
Rosalia
Emily Santos ...
Emily
Flo Lee ...
Flo
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Dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall...who wants revenge; and Pa's ward Jim Bracton, a two-timing Romeo whose affairs are coming to a crisis. And hanging around is Marshall's murderous junkie henchman, Lomax. Will it all end in someone's being killed? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Written by Donald Heywood
Sung by Alberta Perkins
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Murder on Lenox Avenue has good music and not much else
8 February 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In watching movies involving people of color in chronological order for Black History Month, we're in 1941 with this "race film" featuring many musical moments from the likes of Mamie Smith and Edna Mae Harris who I previously enjoyed in The Green Pastures and Lying Lips. There's also a plot involving a Pa Wilkins (Augustus Smith who's a Jacksonville, FL native which is a city I once lived in) who wants his daughter to marry a certain man but she's in love with someone else. There's also a subplot about some kind of corruption but really the only enjoyable parts of this movie are the music and occasionally some comedy though I didn't think there was much that was funny. So on that note, Murder on Lenox Avenue is worth a look for the music and not much else.


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