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Souls of Sin (1949)

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Unsuccessful gambler 'Dollar Bill' Burton lives in a crummy New York basement room with old friend Bob and a new roommate, friendly blues singer 'Alabama' Lee. But, tired of being broke, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Savannah Churchill ...
Jimmy Wright ...
'Dollar Bill' Burton
Billie Allen ...
Etta Mason
William Greaves ...
Isaiah 'Alabama' Lee
Emory Richardson ...
Bob Roberts
Louise Jackson ...
Mrs. Sands
Powell Lindsay ...
Bad Boy George
Charlie Mac Rae ...
Bill Chase ...
Newspaper Editor
Jessie Walker ...
Cool Breeze


Unsuccessful gambler 'Dollar Bill' Burton lives in a crummy New York basement room with old friend Bob and a new roommate, friendly blues singer 'Alabama' Lee. But, tired of being broke, Dollar Bill gets more steady employment...doing illegal errands for gangster Bad Boy George. The now prosperous Bill ignores pretty, adoring Etta and takes up with sultry singer Regina. Will Bill's way of life catch up with him? Will his upright friends be more successful in the end? All-black cast. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Featured in That's Black Entertainment (1990) See more »


Written by Jimmy Van Heusen, Willie Bryant, and Victor Selsman (1938)
Sung by female voice on juke box
Danced by Charlie Mac Rae and Jessie Walker
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fascinating glimpse of post-war life in the city
9 October 2003 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

In contradiction to another user, I think this movie is extremely interesting with respect to other race movies of the silent era. This sound film focuses on the sense of family and community that grows between single artists living in Harlem. This marks it as very different than many other race movies which tend to be more moralistic and romance-oriented. It is also significant in that it's an African American vision of life in an American city after World War II, a time which saw the further development and isolation of the "ghetto." Souls of Sin shows one perspective on how individuals navigated issues of poverty, prejudice, and isolation by creating their own non-traditional community. In this sense, the movie feels suprisingly modern. As long as you don't get too stuck on technical quality, this movie is a treat.

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