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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.


Spencer Williams




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 ... Old Hager
July Jones July Jones ... Specialty Dancer
Howard Galloway Howard Galloway ... Specialty Dancer (as Howard Gallaway)


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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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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Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed in part by female voice on record
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one of the last films of Spenser Williams Jr.
25 July 2004 | by bernardhaines57See all my reviews

Spenser Williams Jr. Is more familiar to people as Andy Brown of the old NBC TV. show AMOS AND ANDY. But prior to his television role he was a seasoned Writer,Actor,Director and Producer of All Black films. He had directed Midnight Shadow,Son of Engagi,The Blood of Jesus,Marching On,Go Down Death,The Girl in Room 20, Juke Joint,Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A. and others. Gertie LaRue[Francine Everret] is on the run from her boyfriend in Harlem and hides on an Island,her acting company are forced to go with her,her flirting causes problems for the group,she becomes a source of temptation to the men of the Island. The film though entertaining attempts to tell a morality Tale which would discourage young Black Girls from following Gerti's example. Spenser Williams tells the story well. The acting was good but,could have been better. Transition,dialogue and action were very good. A lot of show packed into 60 minutes. A very good film.

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