Directed by
Fraser, Harry L., American, 1889 - 1974
Written by
Randol, George Elwood, American, 1895 - 1973
Produced by
Randol, George Elwood, American, 1895 - 1973
Cooper, Ralph, American, 1908 - 1992
Subject of
Cooper, Ralph, American, 1908 - 1992
Herndon, Cleo, American, 1908 - 1994
Brooks, Clarence, American, 1896 - 1969
Brooks, Jess Lee, American, 1894 - 1944
McDaniel, Samuel Rufus, American, 1886 - 1962
Anderson, Corny, American, 1897 - 1966
Glover, Rubeline, American, 1911 - 1996
Adamson, James, American, 1896 - 1956
acetate film, cardboard, metal and nylon
Duration (digital file): 1 hr., 9 min., 45 sec.
Physical extent (film) (reel 1): 1050 ft
Physical extent (film) (reel 2): 1300 ft
A 16mm release print of the feature film Dark Manhattan. It consists of two reels of positive, black-and-white, 16mm acetate film (a) and (b), with variable-density optical sound. A cardboard film shipping box (c) accompanies the film strips. It has black metal corners as well as black straps made of nylon webbing. The film opens with a dedication to actors such as R.B. Harrison, Bert Williams and Florence Mills. Set in Harlem, NY, it follows the development of two men involved in the illegal numbers game, Larry B. Lee (Clarence Brooks), a large-scale mobster and “Curly” Thorpe (Ralph Cooper).
Place depicted
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, 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)
Race films
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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