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Harlem Rides the Range (1939)

A cowboy and his sidekick try to help a homesteader from being cheated out of his property.


Richard C. Kahn


Spencer Williams (story) (as Spencer Williams Jr.), Spencer Williams (screenplay) (as Spencer Williams Jr.) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Herb Jeffries ... Bob Blake (as Herbert Jeffrey)
Lucius Brooks Lucius Brooks ... Dusty
F.E. Miller F.E. Miller ... Slim Perkins
Artie Young Artie Young ... Miss Dennison
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Bradley
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Watson (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Tom Southern Tom Southern ... Connors
Leonard Christmas Leonard Christmas ... Dennison
Wade Dumas Wade Dumas ... Sheriff
John Thomas John Thomas ... Cactus
The Four Tones The Four Tones ... Singing Group
The Four Blackbirds The Four Blackbirds ... Singing Quartet


Bradley is after Dennison's radium mine and it appears that his henchman Conners has killed him. When Blake arrives at Dennison's, Bradley and Conners arrive at the same time. When Blake leaves he drops a glove. Bradley kills Conners and uses the glove to frame Blake. Learning of Bradley's plan to kill Dennison's daughter, Blake escapes jail and sets out to reach her first. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Men Of Action Blaze A Trail Of Love And Lead As Law And Order Comes To The Old West!









Release Date:

1 February 1939 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first shown on television Friday 1 December 1939 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. See more »


Featured in American Experience: Midnight Ramble (1994) See more »


Prairie Flower
Sung by Herb Jeffries and The Four Tones
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Unremarkable program western thats no different than any other western of the period except for its all black cast
18 August 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

A good program western with an all black cast. To be honest I saw this before Murder and Harlem (a murder mystery that was on the same DVD) and by the time that I was ten minutes into that film I had pretty much forgotten the plot of this movie which had something to do with some bad guys trying to cheat a homesteader, who's daughter our hero has fallen in love with simply by seeing her picture. Pretty much if this was cast with any of the well known western stars this would have played exactly as it does here, though the side kicks antics would probably play differently (and had they been played by a black man in a white film may have been considered racist). If you like the program westerns of the 30's and 40's this is definitely worth a shot. Anyone else give it a go depending on your mood.

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