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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.

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lead character Henry Glory pays his way through university by selling copies of his own novel door to door. This is a self-reference by director Oscar Micheaux, who supported himself much the same way when he was starting out as a writer. See more »

Connections

Version of Thou Shalt Not Kill (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Rhythm Dance
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Clarence Williams
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Murder in Harlem by Oscar Micheaux is a must see!!!
2 January 2006 | by Immanuel-6See all my reviews

I believe that Oscar Micheaux is one of the most prolific and uncredited Director of our time. Today, many do not know about this African American Director who became the First Independent African American Movie Director. Oscar Micheaux had his own marketing machine when it came to production of his movies. Beginning in the 1920s, Oscar Micheaux began to create a new market, the African American movie goer.

Not only did he make "Murder in Harlem" on a shoestring budget, he also made movies that dealt with the era. Oscar Micheaux singlehandedly got African-American movie goers into the movie houses. Oscar Micheaux taught the new cinema goer what they should expect from a movie. Micheaux addressed African American life in his movies and gave the viewer something to be proud of. Yes, in some of his movies we saw characters such as Lincoln Perry (the lazy servant character), but we also saw strong professional characters such as: Robert Earl Jones (Father of Actor James Earl Jones),William Graves (The Attorney Actor), Lorenzo Tucker (Movie Heartthrob) and Francine Everett(Our African American Beauty).

Too some viewers, "Murder in Harlem" isn't one of Micheaux' best efforts, however, to me, Micheaux played to the themes of life in Harlem. Affluence and Poverty, Professional Life and the Underworld. Good vs. Evil. See this movie when you get a chance!!!


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