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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946)

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A sexy, enticing dancer from Harlem makes things happen in a sleepy Caribbean island resort.

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Complete credited cast:
Francine Everett ...
Don Wilson ...
Katherine Moore ...
Stella Van Johnson
Alfred Hawkins ...
Jonathan Christian
David Boykin ...
Ezra Crumm
L.E. Lewis ...
Papa Bridges
Inez Newell ...
Mama Bridges
Piano Frank ...
Larry
John King ...
Al
Shelly Ross ...
Big Boy
Hugh Watson ...
Tight Pants
Don Gilbert ...
Manager
Spencer Williams ...
Old Hager
July Jones ...
Specialty Dancer
Howard Galloway ...
Specialty Dancer (as Howard Gallaway)
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An all-black Caribbean island resort welcomes flashy dancer Gertie La Rue, forced to perform in this remote spot because she two-timed Al, her Harlem lover and backer, once too often. As Gertie amuses herself by dazzling the local men with her sex appeal, sanctimonious Mr. Christian (shades of 'Rain') schemes to either reform her or have her thrown off the island. On opening night, her sensuous performance exceeds Christian's worst fears...but more serious trouble awaits. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Gertie La Rue: Take your hands off me, you dirty psalm-singin' polecat! If the truth were only known, you want me just like all the rest!
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Version of Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) See more »

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BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed in part by female voice on record
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Dirty Gertie is Only Flirty
14 July 2010 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

The movie is effective as long as it sticks to the movie "Rain" script that it is adapted from. Unfortunately when it strays, it becomes pointless and dull. I suspect that director Spenser Williams didn't want to offend his audience with a portrayal of a Reverend lusting after a prostitute. Franchette Everett is excellent as Gertie. She brings the type of sensuality to the film that really lifts it up. It is a shame that she was not given more song and dance numbers. Franchette was called the most beautiful woman in Harlem and should have been a big star in Hollywood, but she refused to take racist roles.


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