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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Two-Gun Man From Harlem (1938)

  • Herb Jeffries
  • Marguerite Whitten
  • Clarence Brooks
This movie, Two-Gun Man from Harlem, is the third one in the disc of "Black Westerns" that stars Herb Jeffries with Spencer Williams and Clarence Brooks in support. Marguerite Whitten is the love interest and Mae Turner is the femme fatale. Then there's Mantan Moreland-who's from the town of Monroe in my home state of Louisiana-as the cook sidekick who's also Jeffries' brother here and Matthew "Stymie" Beard as the son of Ms. Whitten who idolizes Mr. Jeffries. In fact, he idolizes two roles of Herb: his usual one of Bob Blake and another of The Deacon who he disguises as to clear his name of a murder. The print I saw on the DVD set called "Black Entertainment in Film" was, at least for the first reel, the worst I saw of any of them there. There were many noticeable splices that might have contributed to some confusion I had concerning the story. Despite that, I did like seeing Jeffries and The Four Tones performing his theme song "I'm a Happy Cowboy" which is only heard in the opening credits of The Bronze Buckaroo and Harlem Rides the Range. And Mantan does provide some amusements whether telling of Lot's Wife or hitting the bad guys with his pan. And what a treat to see him in scenes with fellow Louisianaian Williams (who's from New Orleans) and with "Stymie" at the end. So for all that, Two-Gun Man from Harlem is worth a look.


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