Title: Two-Gun Man from Harlem Summary: A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who... Directed by: Richard C. Kahn Actors: Production Company: Merit Pictures Inc. Release Date: 1 May 1938 (USA) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who framed him.
November 29, 2019 Subject:
Herb Jeffries, From Range to Harlem and Back
All things considered - plot, script, acting, music, musical performances - and the overall quality of "B" westerns - black or white - this a good film. It has an interesting, if somewhat unbelievable plot, some fine performances by some of Black America's best actors and musicians, an above average script, some pretty women, a little action with fists and guns and some humor. Herb Jeffrrey plays a double roll as Bob Blake, framed for a murder by the dead man's wife and The Deacon a shady and dangerous maybe cleric in Harlem in NYC. Now, why they had to have Jeffrey escape all the way to NYC - St. Louis would probably have done just as well - or Chicago, his first stop. Bur why NYC where he just happens to have and cross paths with his double is stretching things a bit - maybe that worked better for a dramatic title. There is almost 5 minutes missing from this film, which seem to me to have contained Blake's interaction with The Deacon - all they do is meet and butt heads with wordplay - and then the film cuts back south when The Deacon shows up unheralded. Anyway, the plot works no matter where he might have gone. We get some classic Black bad guys from Clarence Brooks (Mr. Barker), Tom Southern (Mr. Steel) and Spencer Williams, Jr. (Butch Carter, who is best known to the world as Andy from the classic TV show "Amos and Andy." Beautiful women abound, some faithful like Margaret Whitten (Sally Thompson) and others displaying various degrees of treachery such as Rose Lee Lincoln (Dolores) who favors us with a very sexy dance and Mae Turner (Mrs. Ruth Steel), a much more venomous snake. Then there is Mantan Moreland (Bill Blake) and Stymie Beard (Jimmie Thompson) famous from being in the "Our Gang" comedies. Last, but not least, rhythm dynamo Paul Blackman - The One Man Band and vocalists The Cats and the Fiddle and The Four Tones. And, of course, Jeffrey favors us with a few songs in his beautiful tenor voice. Its not great, but it should not be missed.