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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.

Director:

Arvid E. Gillstrom

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
Edward Thompson Edward Thompson ... Permanent Williams
Evelyn Preer Evelyn Preer ... Jonquil Williams
Spencer Williams ... Webster Dill
Roberta Hyson Roberta Hyson ... Sappho Dill
Charles Olden Charles Olden ... Florian Slappey
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed
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The first black talkie. See more »

Soundtracks

Melancholy Mama
Music and lyrics by Sterling Sherwin
Sung by Evelyn Preer
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The Melancholy Dame was an interesting race short from the early talkie era
3 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Edward Thompson and Evelyn Preer are the owners of a nightclub. Roberta Hyson is the dancer Ms. Preer is jealous of and wants her fired along with her piano playing hubby, Spencer Williams. I'll just now say it's interesting hearing the dialect depicted of African-American characters of the time on film and there's some amusement in what they say but nothing hilarious though Spencer Williams' question at the end was worth a chuckle. He'd later direct some notable race movies in the subsequent years as wall as portray Andy Brown in the "Amos 'n' Andy" TV show. Oh, and Roberta Hyson does a fine dance at the beginning. So I say give The Melancholy Dame a look. It's on YouTube right now.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Christie Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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