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Dark Manhattan (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 March 1937 (USA)
A low-level gangster determines to let nothing stand in the way of his gaining control of the numbers rackets in Harlem.

Directors:

Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser), Ralph Cooper (uncredited)

Writers:

George Randol (original story), George Randol (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Cooper Ralph Cooper ... Curly Thorpe
Cleo Herndon Cleo Herndon ... Flo Gray
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Larry Lee
Jess Lee Brooks Jess Lee Brooks ... Police Lt. Ballot
Sam McDaniel ... Jack Jackson (as Sam McDaniels)
Corny Anderson Corny Anderson ... Atty. Brown
Rubeline Glover Rubeline Glover ... Miss Hall
James Adamson James Adamson ... Lem
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A low-level gangster determines to let nothing stand in the way of his gaining control of the numbers rackets in Harlem.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$24,900 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first all-black film produced in Hollywood. See more »

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The Sweetest Moment of My Life
Written by Ben Ellison and Harvey Brooks
Sung by Cleo Herndon
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A passable all-black crime drama.
15 July 1999 | by Arthur HausnerSee all my reviews

Ralph Cooper stars as a small-time punk muscling his way to the top of a numbers racket in Harlem, in a story similar to the classics "The Public Enemy (1931)" and "Little Caesar(1931)." Although Cooper was a talented top black actor in "race" films (intended for black audiences), he lacked the dynamic qualities that James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson brought to those two classics. Still, I enjoyed the movie knowing it was the first all-black movie made in Hollywood, and because it had good actors except for the female love interest, Cleo Herndon, who seemed a bit poor except for her singing. Perhaps that is why she never made another film.

On a humorous note, Ossie Davis, who introduced the film on the Turner Classic Movies Channel, mentioned the movie broke all attendance records at the Apollo theater in Harlem because overflow crowds were shunted to a theater two blocks away. Since there was only one print, each reel had to be rewound and rushed to the other theater.


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