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The Melancholy Dame (1929)

A nightclub owner's wife, jealous of his attentions to his star singer, schemes to get her fired.


Arvid E. Gillstrom


Octavus Roy Cohen (story), Alfred A. Cohn (adaptation)


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Credited cast:
Edward Thompson Edward Thompson ... Permanent Williams
Evelyn Preer Evelyn Preer ... Jonquil Williams
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Webster Dill
Roberta Hyson Roberta Hyson ... Sappho Dill
Charles Olden Charles Olden ... Florian Slappey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Webster Hill Webster Hill


A nightclub owner's wife, jealous of his attentions to his star singer, schemes to get her fired.

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

2 February 1929 (USA) See more »

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Christie Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The first black talkie. See more »

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Roberta Hyson makes the film
28 February 2008 | by DamonfordhamSee all my reviews

This early Black comedy features Edward Thompson and Evelyn Preer, a husband and wife comedy team in real life, and Spencer (Andy of Amos & Andy) Williams and Roberta Hyson in a comedy of errors.

Essentially, Preer thinks that Thompson is fooling around with Hyson, who is his dancing partner at a cabaret that the couple owns and wants Hyson thrown out on her ample derriere. However, there is more to the relationship between the dancers than exceeds Preer's worst imaginings! Roberta Hyson really makes this film special with her sassy and infectious personality. Her dancing early in the film must have wowed audiences in the early days of sound. But her showdown with Preer is a sight to behold. The look on her face as she gleefully departs after giving Preer a piece of her mind defies description on paper. Sadly, she is forgotten today. This film was remade a few years later as THE BLACK NETWORK with another sister of sass, Nina Mae McKinney. (Coincidentally, Amanda Randolph, also of Amos & Andy fame as Sapphire's Mama, appeared in the latter film).

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