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Lucky Ghost (February 10, 1942)

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Lucky Ghost
 

Released on February 10, 1942: Two out of work men win a nightclub in a craps game with the owner, but the ghosts sleeping in the graveyard next door decide to scare them out of business.

Produced by Jed Buell

Directed by William Beaudine

The Actors: Mantan Moreland (Washington), F.E. Miller (Jefferson), Maceo Bruce Sheffield (Blake), Arthur Ray (Blackstone), Florence O'Brien (Hostess), Harold Garrison (Brown), Jessie Cryer (Dawson), Napoleon Whiting (chauffer), Jess Lee Brooks (doorman Daniel), Ida Coffin (hat check girl), Nathan Curry (Chicken farmer), Millie Monroe (first waitress), Louise Franklin (second waitress), Lucille Battle (third waitress), Avanelle Harris (fourth waitress), Monte Hawley (masher), Vernon McCalla (first man guest), Harry Levette (first man diner), Henry Hastings (Uncle Ezra Ulysses Dewey's ghost), Florence Field (Mrs. Ezra's ghost), John Lester Johnson (first ghost), Edward Thompson (second ghost), Lester Christmas (third ghost), Reginald Fenderson (dealer), Lorenza Flennoy and His Chocolate Drops (musical ensemble), Marguerite Whitten (unknown), Buck Woods (unknown)

 
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The Haunted Craps Game

Jed Buell managed the Orpheum Theater in Denver, Colorado during the first days of motion pictures, and soon decided to go to Hollywood and work with the creators of movies. He worked for comedy movie producer Mack Sennett, famous for the Keystone Kops, until the 1929 Great Depression put Mack Sennett and Keystone movie studio out of business. He later started producing his own movies, the most famous of which was The Terror of Tiny Town, featuring an all dwarf cast. That movie bombed big time in theaters and got horrible reviews, but many of the little people actors would later be featured prominently as the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. Jed would then form Dixie National Pictures and produce movies featuring black actors that would be shown in the large and growing network of movie theaters aimed at the black audience. This is one of those movies, featuring Mantan Moreland, probably the most famous black comedian during the first decades of motion pictures.

As our story opens we meet Mantan Moreland and his buddy walking the dusty country roads without any money or food. They come upon an out-of-gas limousine, and before the chauffeur can return with gasoline they have played craps with the two wealthy men in the limo and have won the car, the chauffeur, and even their clothes. Mantan Moreland seems to have a way with the dice, never losing. The chauffeur takes them to the nightclub that the wealthy men were headed to when they ran out of gas, and the two men enjoy plenty of food and drink with the money they won, and eventually wind up in the secret back room of the club, where there is a professional craps game going on. Mantan Moreland continues with his lucky dice until the owner of the nightclub has lost all his money and as a last effort to save his club, offers to wager his nightclub, gambling business and even his beautiful hostess against one more roll of the dice. . . . . . Did I mention that this nightclub is next to a graveyard and that the loud singing and dancing have awakened the dead? The ghosts of the past are determined to put the nightclub out of business so they can get some rest . . . . Eternal rest . . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Arthur Ray
Arthur Ray
Arthur Ray and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Arthur Ray and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Arthur Ray, Reginald Fenderson and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Arthur Ray, Reginald Fenderson and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Arthur Ray
Arthur Ray
F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland
F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland
F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland
F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland
F.E. Miller and Millie Monroe
F.E. Miller and Millie Monroe
F.E. Miller
F.E. Miller
Florence Field as a ghost
Florence Field as a ghost
Florence O'Brien and Mantan Moreland
Florence O'Brien and Mantan Moreland
Florence O'Brien, Mantan Moreland and F.E. Miller
Florence O'Brien, Mantan Moreland and F.E. Miller
Florence O'Brien and Mantan Moreland
Florence O'Brien and Mantan Moreland
Florence O'Brien sings in the nightclub
Florence O'Brien sings in the nightclub
Florence O'Brien
Florence O'Brien
Harold Garrison and Jessie Cryer
Harold Garrison and Jessie Cryer
Ida Coffin
Ida Coffin
Ida Coffin
Ida Coffin
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks
Lorenza Flennoy
Lorenza Flennoy
Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Arthur Ray
Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Arthur Ray
Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Florence O'Brien
Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Florence O'Brien
Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Florence O'Brien
Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Florence O'Brien
Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland and F.E. Miller
Mantan Moreland and F.E. Miller
Mantan Moreland, Florence O'Brien and F.E. Miller
Mantan Moreland, Florence O'Brien and F.E. Miller
Mantan Moreland and Florence O'Brien
Mantan Moreland and Florence O'Brien
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Monte Hawley
Monte Hawley
Napoleon Whiting
Napoleon Whiting
Napoleon Whiting
Napoleon Whiting
Nathan Curry
Nathan Curry
Reginald Fenderson and Maceo Bruce Sheffield
Reginald Fenderson and Maceo Bruce Sheffield