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Gang War (March 29, 1940)

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Gang War
 

Released on March 29, 1940: A Harlem gangster knocks off his rival gangsters one by one until only hoodlam Lew Baron remains.

Produced by Clifford Sanforth and Harry M. Popkin

Directed by Leo C. Popkin

The Actors: Ralph Cooper (Bob 'Killer' Meade), Gladys Snyder (Maizie 'Sugar' Walford), Reginald Fenderson (Meade's chief henchman Danny), Laurence Criner (Lew Baron), Monte Hawley (Baron henchman Bill), Jess Lee Brooks (Police Lieutenant Holmes), Johnny Thomas (Meade's driver Phil), Maceo Bruce Sheffield (Bull Brown), Charles Hawkins (Tip), Bobby Johnson (Baron henchman Waxy), Henry Roberts (Meade henchman Slim), Harold Garrison (Slicum), Marie Bryant (specialty dancer), Willie Covan (specialty dancer), Louise Franklin (Phil's girl), Halley Harding (Brown henchman), Ray Martin (man in bar), Ernest Morrison (gang member), Edward Thompson (man in courtroom)

 
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Sugar and the Harlem Hoodlums

During the first years of silent film most African-American movie parts were played by white actors wearing black makeup, but before the silent era was finished, and up through the 1930s, 1940s and into the 1950s there was a robust market for movies with black actors that played in theaters near large black populations. I am not an expert in the genre, but am learning more as I go along and find it fascinating. The biggest black actor of the golden years of motion pictures that I have encountered so far is Paul Robson with his million dollar Barry White style of voice. The leading man in this gangster adventure is Ralph Cooper, known as the black Clark Gable. In this story he is Bob ‘Killer’ Meade, who grew from a street tough youngster in Harlem to a gangland boss, knocking off his rival gangsters one by one. Killer Meade wants to be the only gangster in Harlem, and it looks like he may achieve that status. He also conquered Sugar Walford, the prettiest singer on the stage, and she will be his inspiration to have it all . . . . All of the crime and gambling and corruption in the town will soon be under his control. Early in the story he knocks off rival gangster Bull Brown, and now the only gangster standing between him and having it all is Lew Baron. The storyline and action are mostly standard gangster stuff, but I am guessing that the black cinema during these years wasn’t concerned with keeping their stories within the Hays Office censoring guidelines, because there is an abundance of violence between the gangsters, and an amazing lack of abundance on the dancing girls outfits . . . . But for me the two best things were the wonderful hats that the men wore and the gorgeous cars that they drove. Gangsters just don’t look dangerous to me if they aren’t wearing a great hat that is tilted down over one eye just a bit, and these guys have that perfected. And the cars . . . . I cannot identify any of them, but I would trade my left kneecap for one of those beauties . . . . . Well, . . . . Maybe not a kneecap, but you know what I mean. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Gladys Snyder
Gladys Snyder
Gladys Snyder and Ralph Cooper
Gladys Snyder and Ralph Cooper
Gladys Snyder and Ralph Cooper
Gladys Snyder and Ralph Cooper
Gladys Snyder
Gladys Snyder
Harold Garrison and Jess Lee Brooks
Harold Garrison and Jess Lee Brooks
Harold Garrison and Ralph Cooper
Harold Garrison and Ralph Cooper
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks and Ralph Cooper
Jess Lee Brooks and Ralph Cooper
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks
Johnny Thomas and Louise Franklin
Johnny Thomas and Louise Franklin
JJohnny Thomas and Louise Franklin
Johnny Thomas and Louise Franklin
Laurence Criner
Laurence Criner
Laurence Criner
Laurence Criner
Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Marie Bryant
Marie Bryant
Monte Hawley and Gladys Snyder
Monte Hawley and Gladys Snyder
Monte Hawley, Laurence Criner and Bobby Johnson
Monte Hawley, Laurence Criner and Bobby Johnson
Monte Hawley and Laurence Criner
Monte Hawley and Laurence Criner
Monte Hawley
Monte Hawley
movie credit screen for Bobby Johnson
movie credit screen for Bobby Johnson
movie credit screen for Charles Hawkins
movie credit screen for Charles Hawkins
movie credit screen for Gladys Snyder
movie credit screen for Gladys Snyder
movie credit screen for Harold Garrison
movie credit screen for Harold Garrison
movie credit screen for Harry M. Popkin
movie credit screen for Harry M. Popkin
movie credit screen for Henry Roberts
movie credit screen for Henry Roberts
movie credit screen for Jess Lee Brooks
movie credit screen for Jess Lee Brooks
movie credit screen for Johnny Thomas
movie credit screen for Johnny Thomas
movie credit screen for Laurence Criner
movie credit screen for Laurence Criner
movie credit screen for Maceo Bruce Sheffield
movie credit screen for Maceo Bruce Sheffield
movie credit screen for Monte Hawley
movie credit screen for Monte Hawley
movie credit screen for Ralph Cooper
movie credit screen for Ralph Cooper
movie credit screen for Reginald Fenderson
movie credit screen for Reginald Fenderson
Ralph Cooper and Gladys Snyder
Ralph Cooper and Gladys Snyder
Ralph Cooper and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Ralph Cooper and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Ralph Cooper and Reginald Fenderson
Ralph Cooper and Reginald Fenderson
Ralph Cooper and Gladys Snyder
Ralph Cooper and Gladys Snyder
Ralph Cooper
Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson
Reginald Fenderson
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Reginald Fenderson and Ralph Cooper
Willie Covan
Willie Covan