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Midnight Shadow (1939)

Approved | | Mystery
In a quiet, all-black Oklahoma community live the Wilsons, whose pretty daughter Margaret is courted by awkward Buster and suave stage mentalist Prince Alihabad. On one busy night, Mr. ... See full summary »

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George Randol
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frances Redd Frances Redd ... Margaret Wilson
Buck Woods Buck Woods ... Lightfoot
Richard Bates Richard Bates ... Junior Lingley
Ollie Ann Robinson Ollie Ann Robinson ... Mrs. Emma Wilson
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Mr. Dan Wilson
Jess Lee Brooks Jess Lee Brooks ... Sgt. Ramsey (as Jesse Lee Brooks)
Edward Brandon Edward Brandon ... Buster Barnett
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Prince Alihabad (as John Criner)
Pete Webster Pete Webster ... Mr. John Mason
Ruby Dandridge Ruby Dandridge ... Mrs. Lingley
Napoleon Simpson Napoleon Simpson ... Mr. Ernest Lingley
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In a quiet, all-black Oklahoma community live the Wilsons, whose pretty daughter Margaret is courted by awkward Buster and suave stage mentalist Prince Alihabad. On one busy night, Mr. Wilson shows his valuables to Alihabad, who plans to elope with Margaret; a mysterious man hangs around while another burglarizes the house; and someone murders Mr. Wilson! Will the killer be caught by the police, or by bumbling correspondence-school detective Junior Lingley? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Frances Redd is the sister of exotica organist Korla Pandit, but this was kept secret from the public to maintain Pandit's ruse that he was from India and not African-American. See more »

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Quite by accident
24 January 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The production values that were available even to studios like PRC on porverty row amusing were sure not available to this film Midnight Shadow. This is the story of a murder committed in an all black community in Oklahoma and its main asset is a pair of bumbling correspondence school detectives who actually solve the case quite by accident.

Buck Woods and Richard Bates play the would be sleuths and I don't mind saying they reminded me a bit of Abbott&Costello in their film Who Done It. Imagine if this studio had the facilities of Universal Studios that A&C enjoyed.

I can't rate Midnight Shadow higher, but it's still worth a look.


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