In 1937, Ralph Cooper and George Randol, two African Americans, and Ben Rinaldo, a white American, organized the Cooper-Randol Pro-duction Company in Los Angeles. The same year, Cooper and Harry Fraser’s Dark Manhattan (Cooper-Randol Production Company, 1937) became the first all-black-cast gangster film made in Hollywood.’ The film dramatizes a man’s rise in the numbers […]
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Stars: Frankie Darro, Marjorie Reynolds, Mantan Moreland Director: Howard Bretherton A delivery boy for a flower shop, who thinks of himself as an amateur detective, finds out that his boss is mixed up with a foreign espionage ring.
Thomas P. Manning, businessman and chess expert mysteriously shot in a locked room, dies clutching some chess pieces. Police are baffled, and finally abandon the case. Six months later, victim’s daughter Leah Manning, stung by a scurrilous book about the case, enlists the aid of Charlie Chan and Number 3 Son. Additional murders follow, leading […]
Starring Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland, Marjorie Reynolds, Lorna Gray (Adrian Booth), Gordon Jones and Tris Coffin. Directed by Howard Bretherton. Breezy programmer about the murder of a none too likable songstress (Lorna Gray) during a rehearsal at a radio station. Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland — in their fifth of eight films together — find […]
This is a funny movie with the great Mantan Moreland. I just read that he acted in at least 100 movies! He can definitely tickle your funny bone! The first time I saw a very old movie he was in, my antenna(s?) were up. Now if I find any film with Mantan Moreland in it […]
Stars: Arline Judge, John ‘Dusty’ King, Mantan Moreland Director: Jean Yarbrough A former member of a stranded theatrical troupe, earns a temporary living singing in a café in Duakwa, Africa. The café owner is secretly in league with two foreign agents with a goal of making the natives restless!
Starring Frankie Darro, Mantan Morealnd, Dick Purcell, Lillian Elliott, Dennis Moore, James Flavin and Sheila D’Arcy. Directed by Howard Bretherton. Hotel bellhop Buzzy O’Brien (Frankie Darro) tries his hand at amateur sleuthing when a hundred thousand dollars in bonds disappear and a corpse is left in their place. IRISH LUCK (1939) is a delightful, whimsical […]
Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland Director: Jean Yarbrough On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.
Gang Smashers (1938) aka Gun Moll. One of producer Ralph Cooper’s independently produced action films starring an all-black cast. Cooper would go on to be the longtime emcee of the Apollo Theater’s Amateur night.
After the death of Max’s (John Carradine) wife Lila (Veda Ann Borg), he holds a funeral for her. However, he has also turned her into a zombie. He is amazed when Lila show signs of free will and challenges him for control. In the excitement Dr. Keating (Barry Macollum) goes missing after entering a tomb […]