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Lying Lips (1939)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | May 1939 (USA)
A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, ... See full summary »

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Edna Mae Harris ... Elsie Bellwood
Carman Newsome ... Benjamin Hadnot
... Detective Wenzer
Frances E. Williams ... Elizabeth Green (as Frances Williams)
Cherokee Thornton ... John Landry
Slim Thompson ... Clyde Landry
Gladys Williams ... Aunt Josephine
... Rev. Bryson (as Jauno Hernandez)
Henry 'Gang' Gines ... Ned Green
Don De Leo ... Farina, a club owner
Charles La Torre ... Garotti, a club owner (as Charles Lattorre)
Robert Paquin ... District Attorney Eckert
George Reynolds ... Lt. of Police (Donovan)
Amanda Randolph ... Matron
Teddy Hale ... Young Boy
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A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, doesn't believe she did it and sets out to prove her innocence. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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When Elsie walks from the bedroom to the bathroom, her stockings disappear from her legs. See more »

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Referenced in Cinema Puerto Rico: una antropología visual (2014) See more »

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I've Got a Heart Full of Rhythm
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Music and lyrics by Louis Armstrong and Horace Gerlach
Performed by Edna Mae Harris
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Positives about Lying Lips
5 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I thought this was a good film considering the time in which it was shot and the low budget Micheaux had to work with. He was a pioneer for other African American film makers including Spike Lee and Robert Townsend. Though the acting is not superior,this was the best we could get at the time. This was one of the few times that African Americans were able to see others on the screen that actually looked like them, without donning black face. We as modern day viewers can not appreciate how much went into a film; as we are used to films with lighting effects, soundtracks, multi-million dollar budgets, and lucrative distribution deals. Micheaux set the pace early in the film game and many others are following his lead.


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