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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama
A sexy, enticing dancer from Harlem makes things happen in a sleepy Caribbean island resort.

Director:

Spencer Williams
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Francine Everett Francine Everett ... Gertie La Rue
Don Wilson Don Wilson ... Diamond Joe
Katherine Moore Katherine Moore ... Stella Van Johnson
Alfred Hawkins Alfred Hawkins ... Jonathan Christian
David Boykin David Boykin ... Ezra Crumm
L.E. Lewis L.E. Lewis ... Papa Bridges
Inez Newell Inez Newell ... Mama Bridges
Piano Frank Piano Frank ... Larry
John King John King ... Al
Shelly Ross Shelly Ross ... Big Boy
Hugh Watson Hugh Watson ... Tight Pants
Don Gilbert Don Gilbert ... Manager
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Old Hager
July Jones July Jones ... Specialty Dancer
Howard Galloway Howard Galloway ... Specialty Dancer (as Howard Gallaway)
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Storyline

An all-black Caribbean island resort welcomes flashy dancer Gertie La Rue, forced to perform in this remote spot because she two-timed Al, her Harlem lover and backer, once too often. As Gertie amuses herself by dazzling the local men with her sex appeal, sanctimonious Mr. Christian (shades of 'Rain') schemes to either reform her or have her thrown off the island. On opening night, her sensuous performance exceeds Christian's worst fears...but more serious trouble awaits. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Gertie La Rue: Take your hands off me, you dirty psalm-singin' polecat! If the truth were only known, you want me just like all the rest!
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Connections

Version of Sadie Thompson (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed in part by female voice on record
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Dirty Gertie is Only Flirty
14 July 2010 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

The movie is effective as long as it sticks to the movie "Rain" script that it is adapted from. Unfortunately when it strays, it becomes pointless and dull. I suspect that director Spenser Williams didn't want to offend his audience with a portrayal of a Reverend lusting after a prostitute. Franchette Everett is excellent as Gertie. She brings the type of sensuality to the film that really lifts it up. It is a shame that she was not given more song and dance numbers. Franchette was called the most beautiful woman in Harlem and should have been a big star in Hollywood, but she refused to take racist roles.


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