A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who... See full summary »
Richard C. Kahn
Part of James A. Fitzpatrick's People on Parade series, this MGM short takes the viewer to Alexandria, Egypt. With emphasis on the modern nature of the city, the band of the University of ... See full summary »
Julie and Bob take a break from their Mardi Gras revels to visit Bob's home, where he lives with his sister and their reclusive Uncle Andy. Andy mistakes Julie for his sweetheart of years ... See full summary »
The unusual talents of 'Johnny Price', a minor league baseball pitcher and trick artist, are showcased in this Pete Smith Specialty. Among other talents, Mr. Price can throw two (and, in ... See full summary »
In this "Romance of Celluloid", MGM showcases performers whose careers are just starting. Excerpts from their recently released films are included. The narrator says that moviegoers will ... See full summary »
Dramatized short film that investigates three possibilities for the identity of France's "man in the iron mask," who was imprisoned for life by King Louis XIV, forced to wear an iron mask, and was buried in the mask upon his death.
This Vitaphone short begins with two guys about to rob a pawnshop (F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland). Having Moreland in this role wasn't a surprise, as through the 30s and 40s, he played scared guys in a ton of films--including a series with Frankie Darro and the Sidney Toler 'Charlie Chan' series. Suddenly, the place turns out to be haunted and little figures in the place come to life--as Miller and Moreland show off how afraid they are by all these goings on.
What follows is essentially a talent show of various black acts of the day--singers and dancers. None of these are particularly distinguished (especially because the sound was erratic and sometimes the singers were drowned out by the music), though I was surprised (not in a bad way mind you) at the girth of the lady tap dancer. She was very good but by Hollywood standards too big to be of any value--thank goodness the folks that made this short knew better.
Because of the sound issues, ordinariness of the performers and the nasty stereotype of the scared black man (very popular and widely accepted in the day), I'd consign this one to the status of a time-passer and not much more.
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