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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 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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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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Soundtracks

Tain't So, Tain't So
Performed by Mosby's Blues Blowers
Sung by Roberta Hyson
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Important Film
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Music Hath Harms (1929)

*** (out of 4)

One of the first all black sound films makes this a pretty important film but it also manages some nice music and laughs. A fast talking womanizer (Spencer Williams) claims to be one of the world's greatest musicians and is offered $500 to play two solos. He takes the job so that he can use the money to buy his girlfriend her own beauty parlor but the problem is that he can't play a lick. I'm really becoming a very big fan of Spencer Williams and once again he turns in a very charming performance here. There's some nice laughs at the final concert and the supporting cast are also entertaining. Nothing ground breaking but a pleasant little short.


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