Directed by
Leonard, Arthur H., American, 1904 - 1956
Written by
Valentini, Vincent Andrew, American, 1895 - 1948
Produced by
Leonard, Arthur H., American, 1904 - 1956
Goldberg, Jack, ca. 1889 - 1959
Edited by
Kemp, Jack
Subject of
Moore, Tim, American, 1887 - 1958
Stewart, Slam, American, 1914 - 1987
Catlett, Sidney, American, 1910 - 1951
Smith, Elwood, American, 1913 - 1992
Williams, Duke
Jackson, Alan
Guyse, Sheila, American, 1925 - 2013
Betti Mays, American, 1923 - 2014
Lewis, Sybil, American, 1919 - 1988
Patterson, Warren
Wood, Milton
Composed by
Williams, Mary Lou, American, 1910 - 1981
Bishop McCollough, Walter, American, 1915 - 1991
acetate film
Duration: 73 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1200 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1200 Feet
A 16mm release print of the feature film Boy! What A Girl!. It consists of two reels of positive, black-and-white, 16mm acetate film with variable-area optical sound. The first scene opens with a street view of New York City. At one point, a street sign at the intersection of 138th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue comes into focus on the screen. The footage then quickly jumps to a man playing a double base as four other individuals listen. At the end of his performance, Bumpsie (Tim Moore), who is one of the four and wears a long dress, falls to the floor and the other listeners laugh. The rest of the film follows two musical producers, Jim Walton (Elwood Smith) and Harry Diggs (Duke Williams), who struggle to find investors to finance their latest show. Mr. Cummings (Alan Jackson), the father of Jim Walton’s love interest, agrees to invest in their enterprise on one condition: the two producers must convince a Parisian impresario, Madame Deborah (Sybil Lewis), to finance the film as well. The producers convince Bumpsie to pose as Madame Deborah. Everything goes as planned, until the real Madame Deborah shows up.
Place depicted
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Media Arts-Film and Video
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
release prints (motion pictures)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Jazz (Music)
Race films
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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