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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. -- A sexy, enticing dancer from Harlem makes things happen in a sleepy Caribbean island resort.


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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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Version of Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)See more »


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Dirty Gertie is Only Flirty, 14 July 2010
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

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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