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Murder in Harlem (1935)

TV-G | | Mystery, Drama | 12 December 1935 (USA)
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.


Oscar Micheaux (uncredited), Clarence Williams (uncredited)

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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)


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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Release Date:

12 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brand of Cain See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Micheaux Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rediscovered in a warehouse in Tyler, Texas, in 1983, after being missing for decades. See more »


Version of They Won't Forget (1937) See more »


Harlem Rhythm Dance
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Clarence Williams
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The Alpha Video edition is practically unwatchable
26 December 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Do NOT assume from my score of 1 that this is a terrible movie. What I saw of it wasn't too bad for a Black-produced film of the 1930s. The problem, however, is that it was released by Alpha Video--possibly the worst producers of DVDs you can find!! Like so many of their other releases, this film is a horrible print and desperately needs to be restored--and Alpha, as usual, has done NOTHING to clean up the print and piece it back together properly. It was really frustrating when again and again, scenes would "chop"--with chunks missing and the scene abruptly changing. I know the original film couldn't have looked like that!! And yet, this happens throughout the film and makes viewing and enjoying it next to impossible. I sure hope that some other video company releases the film after some restoration work--it was interesting and I really wanted to finish it, but couldn't because the print was THAT bad.

By the way, HARLEM RIDES THE RANGE is also on the same DVD. While its print is very fuzzy, it is watchable and doesn't have chunks missing like in MURDER IN HARLEM. It's one of five Black Westerns starring Herb Jeffries in an attempt to create an African-American version of Gene Autry for Black-owned theaters. It's not an especially good film, but very important historically and worth a peek.

Also, some time back MURDER IN HARLEM was on DVD from Westlake Entertainment and I assume their copy must be better. Sadly, Westlake is no longer selling the DVD according to Amazon.

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