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Music Hath Harms (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Short, Music | 16 March 1929 (USA)
In Harlem, Bud Peagler's "Barbecue Lunch and Poolroom" (the home of Brunswick Stew), also serves as the meeting place and hangout for many citizens and organizations such as 'The Sons and ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Graham

Writers:

Octavus Roy Cohen (story), Alfred A. Cohn (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Spencer Williams ... Roscoe Griggers
Roberta Hyson Roberta Hyson ... Zenia Sprowl
Harry Tracy Harry Tracy ... Florian Slappey
Nathan Curry Nathan Curry ... Prof. Aleck Champagne
Leon Hereford Leon Hereford ... Sam Ginn
Harry Porter Harry Porter ... Willie Trout
Curtis Mosby Curtis Mosby ... Orchestra Leader
Mosby's Blues Blowers Mosby's Blues Blowers ... Curtis Mosby's Band
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Storyline

In Harlem, Bud Peagler's "Barbecue Lunch and Poolroom" (the home of Brunswick Stew), also serves as the meeting place and hangout for many citizens and organizations such as 'The Sons and Daughters of The I Will Arise Society," and also Mosby's Blues Blowers. It is also where Roscoe Driggers hangs out. Roscoe claims to be the world's champion cornet player, although he can't play a note, even a sour one. But when the chance to earn $500 for playing his cornet at the big concert held by the "Over the River Burying Society" arises, Roscoe signs up. Roscoe needs $500 in order to buy a beauty shop for his manicurist-fiancée, Zenia Sprowl. Roscoe makes plans for his buddy Sam Ginn, who can play a cornet, to hide under the stage and play while Roscoe fakes it on the stage. But Sam gets taken out by some dudes who have a bone to pick with Roscoe. No sweat, though, as another of Roscoe's musician friends, Willie Trout, sees this and takes Sam's place under the stage....with his saxophone. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short | Music

Certificate:

Passed
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Soundtracks

Tain't So, Tain't So
Performed by Mosby's Blues Blowers
Sung by Roberta Hyson
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Music Hath Harms review
4 May 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

The first all-black talkie is an amusing enough musical comedy short that is put across thanks to Spencer Williams' larger than life personality. Some cute ideas would have been put across better by a more accomplished cast and crew, but it's still likable enough.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Christie Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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