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Mystery in Swing (1940)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Music | 10 May 1940 (USA)
In and around some great blues, swing and jazz music, a very unpopular band-leader. Prince Ellis, is killed in a Harlem nightclub, and, in and around some more great music, a detective ... See full summary »

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Arthur Dreifuss

Writers:

Arthur Hoerl (original story), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monte Hawley Monte Hawley ... Biff Boyd
Marguerite Whitten Marguerite Whitten ... Linda Carroll
Tommie Moore Tommie Moore ... Mae Carroll
Edward Thompson Edward Thompson ... Capt. Hall
Buck Woods Buck Woods ... Buck Bedford
Jess Lee Brooks Jess Lee Brooks ... John Carroll
Josephine Edwards Josephine Edwards ... Maxine Rae
Sybil Lewis Sybil Lewis ... Cleo Ellis
Robert Webb Robert Webb ... Prince Ellis
Alfred Grant Alfred Grant ... Chet Wallace
Tom Southern Tom Southern ... Sgt. Phipps (as Thomas Southern)
Halley Harding Halley Harding ... Editor Bailey
Leonard Christmas Leonard Christmas ... Lawyer Jones
Earle Morris Earle Morris ... Reporter Wayburn
John Lester Johnson John Lester Johnson ... 'Champ', Nightclub Owner
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In and around some great blues, swing and jazz music, a very unpopular band-leader. Prince Ellis, is killed in a Harlem nightclub, and, in and around some more great music, a detective finds the lists of suspects is very long, as Prince Ellis was indeed very unpopular with many citizens. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Who killed Prince Ellis! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA) See more »

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Aetna Film Corp. See more »
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Mono
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Jump, the Water's Fine
Written by The Four Toppers
Sung by The Four Toppers
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A so-so murder mystery with terrific music.
26 August 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

This all-black "race" movie intended for black audiences is worth seeing because of the wonderful jazz music and songs written and mostly performed by The Four Tones and Ceepee Johnson, and played by Johnson's orchestra throughout the film. The setting is mostly in a nightclub, so it is not out of place. The songs dominate the second half of the film, with the murder mystery, while it is fun to watch unfold, taking a back seat. Johnson's performance of his "Beat My Blues Away" is spectacular - a performance not to be missed. If you like jazz, this movie is for you.

John Lester Johnson's character is billed on screen as "Himself," because he was a well-known ex-fighter who once broke some ribs of Jack Dempsey (see his mini-biography in this data base). His name is never mentioned, but he is called "Champ" and plays the nightclub owner.


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