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Harlem Double Feature: Underworld / Dark Manhattan (1937)

Sol Johnson , Bee Freeman  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sol Johnson, Bee Freeman, Ralph Cooper, Cleo Herndon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AOW6R0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Harlem Double Feature: Underworld / Dark Manhattan" on IMDb

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Underworld (1937, B&W): Paul Bronson lusts after the decadent world of nightclubs and casinos. His strongest desires are reserved for the dangerously voluptuous Dinah Jackson, but this beautiful temptress is really the ""property"" of mob boss LeRoy Giles. When jealous LeRoy gets wind of Dinah's cheating, he cuts off her money and kicks her out. An angry Dinah has LeRoy shot, and suspicion falls on Paul. Dinah is Paul's only alibi - and his only hope of avoiding a long walk down death row.

Starring Sol Johnson, Bee Freeman, ""Slick"" Chester, Ethel Moses, Oscar Polk; Directed by Oscar Micheaux.

Dark Manhattan (1937, B&W): On the tough back streets of Harlem, thugs and crooks fight for control of the numbers racket. One small time hood, ""Curly"" Thorpe, is enlisted by the biggest mob boss in town, Larry B. Lee, to be his protégé. Curly takes over the operation, bringing a new level of brutality and greed to Lennox Avenue. Beautiful women, fast cars and hard cash are all that Curly cares about, but he steps on the wrong toes to get them. Tougher men than Curly now want him dead.

Starring Ralph Cooper, Cleo Herndon, Clarence Brooks, Jess Lee Brooks; Directed by Harry L. Fraser.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality!! May 15, 2013
By Sara
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I needed "Dark Manhattan" for an examination, because I had to analyse die figure of Curly, but I'm very disappointed with the quality. Can't really use the screenshots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RC February 18, 2013
By Gisele
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There are only two words for "Dark Manhattan;" Ralph Cooper. He was such a good performer, yet so under utilized. I have about three films with him--I wish there were far more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaft, the Prequel November 20, 2009
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Underworld is the typical plot about wanting the the forbidden mob boss's girlfriend. Dark Manhattan is a bit more like Shaft or Black Caesar of the 1930s. Historically significant. Black movies by, for and of black people. Black people apparently wanted to live like upper middle class white people much like white guys wanted to be Frank Sinatra. A sort of alternate universe where doctors, lawyers and cops are all black and all American. Typical of these movies an MTV music video (well, film) pops out every once in a while. Always a crowd pleaser.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Picture Quality and Sound Needs Work March 30, 2011
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I found the picture quality of both movies especially the "Underworld" movie to be below digital standards. Today's technologies have made it possible for us to be able to see and hear these old movies better than the quality of video and audio I witnessed when I watched this DVD. I am actually sorry that I bought it but the movie "Manhattan" was the only movie worth watching because it's plot and acting were far better than the acting abilities displayed in the movie "Underworld". So, in closing I would say to anyone who loves old movies that if you want to see the movie "Manhattan" on DVD then go ahead and buy it but watch out for the quality of the copy.
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