Stars: Mamie Smith, Alec Lovejoy, Norman Ashwood, Tim Moore, Elwood Smith, Duke Williams Director: Arthur Dreifuss / Arthur H. Leonard Runtime: 63 Minutes / 72 Minutes Language: English Color: Black and White Format: DVD-R Rating: NR Price: $9.95
Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941)
Directed by Arthur Dreifuss
Cast: Mamie Smith ... Hattie Alec Lovejoy ... Flivver Johnson Norman Astwood ... Mr. Marshall Augustus Smith ... Pa Wilkins Alberta Perkins ... Mercedes Edna Mae Harris ... Singer Sidney Easton ... Speed Simmons Dene Larry ... Ola Wilkins Ernie Ransom ... Jim Bracton
Dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall and Pa's ward Jim Bracton, a two-timing Romeo. 63 Minutes.
Boy! What a Girl! (1947)
Directed by Arthur H. Leonard
Cast: Tim Moore ... Bumpsie Elwood Smith ... Jim Walton Duke Williams ... Harry Diggs Alan Jackson ... Mr. Cummings Sheila Guyse ... Francine Cummings Betti Mays ... Cristola Cummings Sybil Lewis ... Mme. Deborah Martin Warren Patterson ... Donaldson
This rediscovered all-black-cast musical comedy features Tim Moore as a bald, cigar-smoking female impersonator pursued by three men with marriage on their minds. The story revolves around two young would-be show business entrepreneurs who are trying to raise money for their production. Circumstances dictate that Tim Moore pose as a wealthy Parisian businesswoman--Madame Deborah--in order to induce financial assistance from a potential backer. Meanwhile, the real Madame shows up and predictable comedy situations ensue, all interspersed with quite entertaining musical numbers, first at a rent party and later at a more formal gathering on the roof garden. 72 Minutes
Seeing rubber-faced Tim Moore in drag with a cheesy wig being ardently sought after by three suitors is pretty funny.