This documentary provides a look into the B westerns produced for African-American theatres in the 1930s and 1940s and their impact on westerns featuring African Americans in recent years.

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William Greaves ...
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Paul Matthews ...
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Frank Phillips ...
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Clarence Brooks ...
Buck Thorne (The Bronze Buckaroo) (archive footage)
Lucius Brooks ...
Dusty (The Bronze Buckaroo) (archive footage)
Suzette Harbin ...
Betty Scott (Look-Out Sister) (archive footage)
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Louis Jordan (Look-Out Sister) (archive footage)
F.E. Miller ...
Maceo Bruce Sheffield ...
Officer Lee (Look-Out Sister) (archive footage)
Tom Southern ...
Jim Conners (Harlem Rides the Range) (archive footage)
Spencer Williams ...
Pete (The Bronze Buckaroo) (archive footage)
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This documentary provides a look into the B westerns produced for African-American theatres in the 1930s and 1940s and their impact on westerns featuring African Americans in recent years.

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Need Better Docs on Race Cinema
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

That's Black Entertainment: Westerns (2002)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Somewhat entertaining documentary that takes a look at the early, all black cast westerns, which were made from the 1920s-50s. Most of the interesting films they talk about are sadly lost so we don't get to see any clips and the documentary is full of stories we've already heard regarding the racism of the times and why black producer's had to make their own films. I wish more detail had gone into how production got started on these films instead of the same stories being told.

We really need Turner Classic Movies or someone like them to produce a great documentary on the early race films.


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