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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Francine Everett ... Gertie La Rue
Don Wilson ... Diamond Joe
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)

Directed by
Spencer Williams 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
W. Somerset Maugham  story "Miss Thompson" (uncredited)
True T. Thompson 

Produced by
Bert Goldberg .... producer
Alfred N. Sack .... executive producer
Cinematography by
John L. Herman 
Art Direction by
Ted Soloman 
Makeup Department
Frillia .... makeup artist
Art Department
J.L. Bock .... property master
Sound Department
Richard E. Byers .... sound engineer (as Dick Byers)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gordon Yoder .... assistant camera
Crew believed to be complete

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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!See more »
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Featured in The Films of Spencer Williams (2016) (V)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Dirty Gertie, 3 June 2009
Author: Gary Imhoff ( from Washington, DC

Dirty Gertie drinks, flirts heavily, and takes expensive jewelry from men. She's the heroine of the movie, but she's tarnished, and her doom is foreshadowed many times. The movie has the structure of many black musical films, leading up to a big revue in a nightclub at the end, but those expectations are frustrated. The revue consists only of the dancing of the chorus line, credited as "6 Harlem beauties," and a short dance number by July Jones and Howard Galloway.

Even more frustrating is that Francine Everett, though she was known as a singer and dancer, doesn't sing at all in the movie. She dances only a few steps early in the plot, and in the nightclub revue she only sways a bit as she removes her over-the-elbow gloves at the start of a sadly interrupted striptease.

The oddest thing in the movie, however, is director's Spencer Williams' casting of himself in a cameo role as "Old Hagar," the crystal-globe-reading fortune teller. Williams plays the role in drag, dressed in a house dress and head wrap, but he wears his mustache and speaks in a deep, masculine voice. He doesn't play it for comedy, yet it's hard to say he's playing it straight. Did Williams just step in for an actress who didn't show up for filming that day (that's the sort of thing that happened in making very low budget black movies), or is the explanation something stranger?

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