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Moon Over Harlem

"Powerful drama... Ripped from the heart of harlem!"

-- Synopsis:
     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.

 * Features:
    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.

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    More Film Information below





1939 Stack (Elite) Edgar G. Ulmer DVD | VHS


Country Made:



69 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Musical Melodrama
n/a the Jitterbug Very Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

20 Chorus Girls (musical director) Alec Lovejoy (Fats)
Unknown Couple   Archie Cross (A Boy from Newark) 
    Audrey Talbird (Connie)  
    Buddy Harris (Dollar Bill)  
    Cora Green (Minnie)
    Daphne Fray (Pat)
    Earl Gough (Bob)
    Frances Harrod (Maud)
    Freddie Robinson (Half-Pint)
    Izinetta Wilcox (Sue)
    John Bunn (Wallstreet)
    John Fortune (Jamaica)
    Marie Young (Jean)
    Marieluise Bechet (Nina Mae Brown)
    Mercedes Gilbert (Jackie's mother)
    Petrina Moore (Alice)
    Patrina Waples
    Slim Thompson (Long-Boy)
    Walter Richardson (Brother Hornsby)
    William Woodward (A Boy from Newark)
    Zerita Steptean (Jackie) 

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

the Jitterbug n/a n/a the Jitterbug
Chorus     Harlem Style of the '30s

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Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

Lullaby Christopher Columbus and His Swing Crew n/a
Moon Over Harlem Cora Green    
My Hope Chest of Dreams Donald Heywood Orchestra    
One More River to Cross Sidney Bechet    
Save Some of Those Roses for Me      
St. Louis Blues      
Stand Together Children      
Teach Me How to Sing Again      

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