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Murder in Harlem (1935)

A black night watchman at a chemical factory finds the body of a murdered white woman. After he reports it, he finds himself accused of the murder.

Directors:

Oscar Micheaux (uncredited), Clarence Williams (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Henry Glory
Dorothy Van Engle Dorothy Van Engle ... Claudia
Andrew Bishop Andrew Bishop ... Brisbane
Alec Lovejoy Alec Lovejoy ... Lem Hawkins
Laura Bowman Laura Bowman ... Mrs. Epps
Bee Freeman Bee Freeman ... The Catbird
Lionel Monagas Lionel Monagas ... Undetermined Role
Alice B. Russell Alice B. Russell ... Mrs. Vance
Sandy Burns Sandy Burns ... Undetermined Role
Lea Morris Lea Morris ... Undetermined Role
Joie Brown Jr. Joie Brown Jr. ... Undetermined Role
Eunice Wilson Eunice Wilson ... Singer
Henrietta Loveless Henrietta Loveless ... Undetermined Role
Lorenzo McClane Lorenzo McClane ... Arthur Vance
Helen Davis Helen Davis ... Undetermined Role (as Helen Lawrence)
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Storyline

A black night watchman at a chemical factory finds the body of a murdered white woman. After he reports it, he finds himself accused of the murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brand of Cain See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Micheaux Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the infamous Leo Frank case of 1913. Oscar Micheaux had examined this subject 14 years earlier in The Gunsaulus Mystery (1921). It is interesting to note that, while this film sides with the Frank character, research suggests that Micheaux believed the real Leo Frank to have been guilty. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Black Entertainment: Actors (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Rhythm Dance
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Clarence Williams
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Okay crime thriller is a bit too slow and creaky to be enjoyed fully
18 August 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Black night watchman finds the body of a dead white woman on the job and is accused of the crime.

Good but unremarkable crime drama set interestingly in a world thats both black and white. Many of the so called race films have casts that are entirely black, here there is a mix, which is rather unique. The problem with the film is that although it was made in 1935 it moves and behaves like a film five or six years earlier. Its slow and creaky nature reminds me of a film like Sinister Hands or The Shadow Laughs.

Its a good little story but there is a good chance you'll get bored with it and start speeding through it (I did)


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