The Story of Love and Betrayal of Black Life in Harlem!
MeMyselfandI | MI | 08/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is great. I have to say one of the greatest Black Films of the 30s. This movie was put out by an Independent Black Studio. Basically, it is your typical Hollywood story, a girl mother marries a man, who's a philander, and who's trying to love on her behind her mother's back, but she scared to tell her mother, because she scared she might blame her or worse... won't believe her. Her mother is so desperate to be in love, she won't believe what others tell her about him. One day, the mother works on him hugging and kissing the daughter and, the mother blames the daughter, and tells her to get out and slaps her. The daughter and has no money, so she has to do what her mother never wanted her to do, ENTERTAIN. It's more to it then this, but I won't tell you what happens next, get the movie, it really is a classic. These were some great actors, actresses, and entertainers of the 30s and 40s, and wouldn't of been seen otherwise if it wasn't for these Black Studios, Hollywood missed out on a lot of great Black talent, but that's their lose. This is really some great acting, great dancing, great singing. The movie is about an 1 and 15 minutes long, its short, but the story does get told, I wish some more was added to it, and I wish I knew where those actresses and entertainers are? they were truly talented, Especially that Ozinetta Wilcox who played Sue, and Cora Green who was in another Black Film you should check out "Swing", they either did one film and that's it, but most of these Black movies were losed or damaged, its not too many of these Black films left. But, this Black Film has been the most popular of the Black Films made of that time, and you'll see why when you see it, that's probably why its the only Black Film of that time on DVD, This film cost more then the rest of the Black Films of the 30s, and its been kept up more then rest of the Black Films. But a lot of them are being restored that were lost, but the ones that are around are good to watch, they may not be Hollywood quality when it comes to sound and picture, but its watchable and worth a watch. Wouldn't of been great if it would of had that Hollywood Touch, if Hollywood would of made a film just like this with the same cast, I bet it would of been a Great Black Hit. It's already good, but its deserve more recognition. I gave this a 5, because its worth it, its really that good. The story of Love and Betrayal of Black Life in Harlem."
1930s Harlem Musical
Bills fan | Leesburg, Virginia USA | 12/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first viewed Moon Over Harlem when I was a kid with my dad in the early 1960s. This is a great film for anyone who wants a better understanding of African American music, dress and culture of the 1920s and 1930s. The film is fast paced and has a great music score."