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Helen Ware, an artist's model, known as the Brown Venus is sad, discouraged and unhappy. When her men friends learn that she often poses nude, they try to become unduly "friendly" or just ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Bishop Andrew Bishop ... Kid Cotton (as Andrew S. Bishop)
Ethel Moses Ethel Moses ... Helen Ware
Lorenzo Tucker Lorenzo Tucker ... Robert Fletcher
Hilda Rogers Hilda Rogers ... Kid Cotton's Sweetheart
'Slick' Chester 'Slick' Chester ... Gangster
Lillian Fitzgerald ... Singer
Raymond Kaalund Raymond Kaalund ... The 'Roping Fool'
Taft Rice Taft Rice ... Speciality Act
Howard Babin Howard Babin ... Dancer Dash
Dorothy Burr Dorothy Burr ... Dancer Dot
Bobby Hargreaves Bobby Hargreaves ... Orchestra Leader
Pope Sisters Pope Sisters ... Singers
Larry Seymore Larry Seymore ... Cabaret Performer
Bee Freeman Bee Freeman ... Cabaret Performer
Six Sizzlers Orchestra Six Sizzlers Orchestra ... Orchestra
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Helen Ware, an artist's model, known as the Brown Venus is sad, discouraged and unhappy. When her men friends learn that she often poses nude, they try to become unduly "friendly" or just shun her, with the result that a beautiful girl with the figure of a Goddess finds herself without a lover. In desperation, she goes to a notorious night club and is later seen about to start on the downward trail. In New York's Harlem section, gangdom is running riot. Gangster Kid Cotton kills a man and runs away with the man's sweetheart, who is unaware of the crime until she reads about it in a newspaper at the "Mad Mullah" club in Chicago. Helen is near their table, overhears their discussion of the killing, and later finds herself involved in the case. Government undercover man Robert Fletcher trails Cotton to Chicago, and a peculiar twist of fate brings Helen to his hotel room, and a most intimate situation follows. Cotton sets up a numbers bank in Chicago in opposition the the policy gang, and... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)
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Micheaux Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The 51 Year Old Oscar Micheaux
31 October 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Oscar Micheaux plugged into the all-black musicals market by casting musicians for this film. He couldn't afford Lou Armstrong, but he enlisted the poor man's version of him. This was the era when Fred Astaire and musicals in general were en vogue. Even James Stewart was singing in musicals.


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