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Lena Horne in The duke is tops A.B. Comatherie in The black king ; Joe Louis in Spirit of youth ; Rosey Grier in The glove.

Author: Harry M PopkinWilliam L NoltePhil DunhamLawrence CrinerMonte HawleyAll authors
Publisher: La Crosse, WI : Platinum Disc Corp., ©2004.
Series: Silver screen series.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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Duke is tops: Lena Horne, in her film debut, plays Ethel Andrews, a star of a traveling musical revue who is billed as The Bronze Venus. Promoter Duke Davis, believing that he is holding back her career prospects, tricks Ethel into leaving him so that she can be free to pursue stardom in New York. Meanwhile Duke falls on hard times, but eventually has some success after linking up with a con man selling a universal
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Musical films
Sports films
Drama
Parodies, imitations, etc
Named Person: Marcus Garvey; Marcus Garvey
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Harry M Popkin; William L Nolte; Phil Dunham; Lawrence Criner; Monte Hawley; Vernon McCalla; Edward Thompson; Ben Ellison; Harvey Brooks; Bud Pollard; Alfred N Sack; Donald Heywood; A B Comathiere; Vivianne Baber; Knolly Mitchell; Dan Michaels; Mary Jane Watkins; Lorenzo Tucker; Trixie Smith; Lena Horne; Rosey Grier; Ralph Cooper; Edna Mae Harris; Mae Turner; Harry Fraser; Lew Golder; Arthur Hoerl; Joe Louis; Mantan Moreland; Clarence Muse; Elliot Carpenter; Julian Roffman; Ross Hagen; John Saxon; Joanna Cassidy; Joan Blondell; Jack Carter; Aldo Ray; Keenan Wynn; Robert O Ragland; Tommy J. Productions.; Globe Pictures Corporation.; Southland Pictures.; Million Dollar Productions.; Platinum Disc Corporation.
OCLC Number: 135321412
Notes: Title from disc label.
Duke is tops: Originally released as a motion picture in 1938.
The black king: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1932.
Spirit of youth: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1938.
The glove: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1978.
Credits: The black king: writer/director, Donald Heywood.
Duke is tops: Associate producer, Leo C. Popkin; editor, Alice Greenwood; music, Ben Ellison, Harvey Brooks.
Spirit of youth: Screenplay, Arthur Hoerl ; photography, Robert Cline ; music, Clarence Muse, Elliot Carpenter, The Plantation Choir, The Creole Chorus.
The glove: Cinematography, Gary Graver ; editor, Robert Fitzgerald ; original music, Robert O. Ragland.
Cast: Duke is tops: Ralph Cooper, Lena Horne, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley, Vernon McCallum, Edward Thompson.
Spirit of youth: Joe Louis, Edna Mae Harris, Mantan Moreland, Mae Turner, Clarence Muse, The Big Apple Dancers.
Performer(s): The black king: A.B. Comathiers, Vivianne Baker, Knolly Mitchell, Dan Michaels, Mary Jane Watkins, Harry Gray, Mike Jackson, Lorenzo Tucker, Trixie Smith.
The glove: John Saxon, Roosevelt Grier, Joanna Cassidy, Joan Blondell, Jack Carter, Aldo Ray, Keenan Wynn, Howard Honig, Michael Pataki.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated 13.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 301 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: The Black king (1932, 72 min.) --
The Duke is tops (1938, 73 min.) --
Spirit of youth (1938, 66 min.) --
The glove (1978, 90 min.).
Series Title: Silver screen series.
Other Titles: Duke is tops
Black king
Spirit of youth
Glove

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Duke is tops: Lena Horne, in her film debut, plays Ethel Andrews, a star of a traveling musical revue who is billed as The Bronze Venus. Promoter Duke Davis, believing that he is holding back her career prospects, tricks Ethel into leaving him so that she can be free to pursue stardom in New York. Meanwhile Duke falls on hard times, but eventually has some success after linking up with a con man selling a universal medical elixir in small towns. When Ethel fails in the big time, Duke returns to her in New York. The two decide to develop a new show using specialty acts to showcase Ethel's singing.

The black king: One of the earliest films to focus on the Back-to-Africa movement and made by an independent white-owned company, it was billed as a satire on the life of Marcus Garvey. The main character, "Charcoal" Johnson, through connivance, becomes the minister/leader of a Logan, Mississippi congregation from which he attempts to extort money for a Back-to-Africa movement. He proclaims himself King of the United States of Africa.

Spirit of youth: World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis stars in Spirit of Youth. Often mistakenly referred to as a biography of Louis, the film is actually the fictional story of aspiring boxer Joe Thomas, who hopes to make millions in the ring. He does, but as a consequence he falls into the hands of a predatory nightclub singer. Only after the femme fatale stomps on Joe's heart does he return to his virginal childhood sweetheart. Initially aimed at the "all-colored" theaters of the era, The Spirit of Youth proved popular enough to receive bookings in white movie houses.

The glove: Sam Kellog is a worn out bounty hunter in Los Angeles who takes on a job which would pay him $20,000 for tracking down an ex-convict, Victor Hale, who's dressed up in riot gear and is beating prison guards to death with a steel laced glove that was invented by the police and was first used on him. So, it's payback time for Victor, but Sam is determined to find his man and bring him in despite the warnings.

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