Moon Over Harlem
|"Powerful drama... Ripped from the heart of harlem!" |
This is one of the best Harlem movies of the day. Has some African American music, dress and culture of the 1920's and 1930's. The story is rather a simple one. A wealthy widow (Mercedes Gilbert) marries a man, who's a philander, a gangster and also is putting the moves on her daughter (Zerita Steptean.) The mother chooses to think it's the daughter fault, kicks her out with no money and no place to go. So the daughter becomes an entertainer, and a pretty good one at that.
Some pretty good singing and dancing. Plus a rare screen appearance by jazz legend Sidney Bechet. Some screen time devoted to Harlem at night as well, such as the Savoy Ballroom, Plantation Club, State Theatre, LaFayette etc. This is one of the better "Race Films" of the time.