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Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Music | 1 May 1938 (USA)
A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who... See full summary »

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Richard C. Kahn

Writer:

Richard C. Kahn (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Herb Jeffries ... Bob Blake / The Deacon (as Herbert Jeffrey)
Marguerite Whitten Marguerite Whitten ... Sally Thompson (as Margaret Whitten)
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... John Barker
Mantan Moreland ... Bill Blake
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Jimmy Thompson (as Stymie Beard)
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Butch Carter (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Mae Turner Mae Turner ... Mrs. Ruth Steel
Jess Lee Brooks Jess Lee Brooks ... Sheriff (as Jesse Lee Brooks)
Rosalie Lincoln Rosalie Lincoln ... Dolores (as Rose Lee Lincoln)
Tom Southern Tom Southern ... John Steel
Cats and the Fiddle Cats and the Fiddle ... Speciality Act (as The Cats and The Fiddle)
The Four Tones The Four Tones ... Singing Group
Paul Blackman Paul Blackman ... Paul Blackman -The One Man Band
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A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who framed him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hear THE FOUR TONES and the FOUR CATS AND A FIDDLE. See more »

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Action | Drama | Music | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1938 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Merit Pictures Inc. See more »
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| (Timeless video print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffries was known as "The Bronze Buckaroo." See more »

Connections

Followed by Harlem Rides the Range (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre
Written by Richard Wagner
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The Black Cowboy as Matinee Idol
26 May 2004 | by strausbaughSee all my reviews

Pretty typical of the all-black-cast Westerns of the 1930s and 40s, starring the leading black singing cowboy of the genre, Herb Jeffries. The only difference between these movies and the Saturday matinee cowboy pics made for white audiences is the black cast. Which in this case includes the great comedian Mantan Moreland, the equally fine Spencer Williams (who starred in and sometimes directed all-black movies of the era, and later made his mark with white audiences in the short-lived Amos n Andy TV show) and, in a cute role, "Stymie" of the Our Gang series. None of which is to say it's a good movie--even by the low-budget and often plot-deprived standards of 1930s "race" movies, this one's pretty dumb. Its pleasures, as with most movies of the genre, derive from seeing black actors who were always relegated to supporting shtick in mainstream films of the era given starring and somewhat less stereotyped roles.


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