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The Spirit Of Youth
Tagline: " See Harlem Do The Big Apple"

-- Synopsis: Due to an Accident at work, Jeff Thomas (Joe's Father) can no longer work and support his family, Joe Thomas (Joe Louis) says he will leave school and his girlfriend Mary Bowdin (Edna Mae Harris) to find work. In his search for work Joe meets 'Crickie' (Mantan Moreland) and strikes up a friendship that accidentally leads Joe to the boxing ring. Thru some winning bouts, Joe's manager Frankie Walburn (Clarence Muse) decides he can make more money on him losing but Joe wont throw the fight. Joe's Manager decides to use a sexy girl singer Flora Bailey (Mae Turner) to insure he loses. Joe's former Girlfriend comes to the rescue. The film is not very entertaining but does have some moments with Mantan Moreland and the dancing as well as seeing World heavyweight Boxing Champion (1937– 49) Joe Louis (" the Brown Bomber'') in his only film is worth a watch.

* Some singing and dancing in the nightclub scene. The Lindy Hop is also performed by the Big Apple Harlem dancers.

DVD Version also features: Double Feature: Lucky Ghost

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Date: Language: Availability:
1938 English [DVD | VHS]
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Filmed in Harlem Black and White Drama, Action, Sports, Romance
Runtime: Country Made: Director:
66 minutes USA Harry L. Fraser
Featured Dancer Featured Dance Films Dance Rating
Big Apple Dancers Lindy Hop Good
Known Dancers Choreographers Actors / Actresses
Big Apple Dancers n/a (Choreographer) Anthony Scott (Joe Thomas as child)
Chorus Line Dancers n/a   (Musical Dir.) Bob Kortman (Tommy Bright)
    Clarence Brooks (Speedy)
    Clarence Muse (Frankie Walburn)
    Cleo Desmond (Nora Thomas)
    Edna Mae Harris (Mary Bowdin)
    Janette O'Dell (Mary Bowdin as child)
    Jess Lee Brooks (Jeff Thomas)
    Jewel Smith (Duke Emerald)
    Joe Louis (Joe Thomas)
    Kit Guard (Barfly)
    Lee Phelps (Ring announcer)
    Lester Dorr (Bob)
    Mae Turner (Flora Bailey)
    Mantan Moreland ('Crickie' Fitzgibbons)
    Marguerite Whitten (Eleanor Thomas)
    Noble 'Kid' Chissel (Reporter)
    Seal Harris (Sparring partner)
    Stanley Blystone (Storage boss)
    Tom Southern (Dr. Bowdin)
    Willie Callahan (Boxing opponent)
Dances performed in this Film  Films special dance interest
Lindy Hop n/a Big Apple Dancers Lindy Hop Scene
Chorus Line Dancing    
Music Titles in Film Bands / Musicians / Singers Sheet Music Covers
n/a Mae Turner n/a
  Flora Bailey  
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