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Paradise in Harlem (1939)



Paradise in Harlem

(1939)

Black Cast / Crime / Drama

70 minutes

Directed by Joseph Seiden

Cast:

Frank Wilson as Lem Anderson
Mamie Smith as Madame Mamie
Norman Astwood as Rough Jackson
Edna Mae Harris as Doll Davis
Merritt Smith as Ned Avery
Francine Everett as Desdemona Jones
Sydney Easton as Sneeze Ancrum
Babe Matthews as Laura Lou
Lionel Monagas as Matt Gilson

This crime drama features an all African American cast and centers on Lem Anderson, a club singer who aspires to be a great dramatic actor.  His big chance evaporates when he witnesses a mob hit.  Pressure from the mob and the death of his wife forces Lem to leave town, drifting from place to place in an alcoholic stupor.  An opportunity to play Othello draws Lem back to Harlem despite the risk and leads to an interesting climax.





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Matinee Classics - Paradise in Harlem starring Mamie Smith, Frank L. Wilson and Norman Astwood


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