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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1.20 : 1
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The first black talkie. See more »

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Decent Race Drama
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Melancholy Dame, The (1929)

** (out of 4)

A store owner's (Edward Thompson) wife (Evelyn Preer) is highly upset that her husband is friendly with a waitress but there's an even bigger secret he's keeping. This black cast short really isn't that funny and doesn't contain too much of anything. There's a nice twist at the end but it's not worth sitting through just to get to it. Spencer Williams co-stars.

If you're interested in early race films then you'll still want to check this one out. You'll also want to follow the career of Williams who would go onto become one of the biggest directors in race cinema.

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