Double Deal

16mm motion picture film of Double Deal

Directed by
Dreifuss, Arthur, American, 1908 - 1993
Subject of
Hawley, Monte, American, 1901 - 1950
Composed by
Tinturin, Peter, American, 1910 - 2007
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
16mm Film (b): acetate film
Duration: 60 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1050 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1100 Feet
motion pictures (information artifacts)
Place depicted
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed
United States, North and Central America
Two men vie for the affection of a local Harlem dancer named Nita. When one man frames the other for a crime he didn't commit, Nita sets out to learn the truth.
2015.167.7.1ab: 16mm black and white films.
In "Double Deal," two men get mixed up in gangster trouble while vying for the affection of a pretty singer. One of the beaus is a crook who robs a jewelry store and frames the other boyfriend. The girl sorts the truth out for herself.
Murray Howard owns a nightclub where entertainer Nita Walker dances and sings. Although admired by Dude Markey, she is already in love with Jim McCoy. Snively, the club manager, in turn loves Sally, a cigarette girl and aspiring performer. She, however, likes Slim, who is penniless. Dude and Howard offer Jim's little brother Tommy a job, on condition he ask no questions. Tommy had earlier rejected his brother's offer of a Pullman job, despite it being a respectable position. Tommy discovers to his dismay that Dude is a criminal when he accompanies him on a safecracking job that results in the murder of a night watchman. Dude brings the stolen jewels back to Howard, who puts them in his safe as Dude secretly notes the combination. In the nightclub, after Shelton Brooks sings "Hole in the Wall," Dude asks Snively to fix him up with Nita, who then directs her singing of "Gettin' in Right with You" toward Dude. Jim becomes jealous, and when he goes to Nita's dressing room and Dude enters, a fight ensues between the two men. The fracas is broken up by Lanny, a policeman. Howard warns Dude to lay off Jim. When Jim escorts Sally and Nita to the their rooms, he finds Tommy waiting for him, and an inspector arrives to tell them of the recent robbery and murder. Later, Jim joins Dude and some others in a poker game. Dude removes the jewels, then takes advantage of Jim's presence by accusing him of robbing the safe, having dropped a slip of paper with the combination into his pocket. Jim escapes and, noticing the number 271 on the back of the piece of paper, asks Slim to see if it is someone's "lucky" number. Meanwhile, Nita has found Dude's gun in her dressing room with three cartridges missing. Howard is unhappy that Dude has not caught Jim, and Dude suggests they bring in Tommy instead. Dude tries to convince Nita to elope with him. Slim has found out that Dude was playing the number 271, and Nita tells Howard. However, Dude overhears and shoots Howard through the window, and Tommy is blamed. That night, Jim catches Dude picking up the diamonds where he had hid them, and after a pursuit to Nita's, they fight. Lanny arrives and Dude is shot. With the reward money, Jim becomes the new owner of the nightclub, which clears the way for his marriage to Nita. Slim becomes the new club manager, while Sally becomes the new entertainer.
AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Accessed on August 10, 2016 (
WorldCat. Accessed August 10, 2016. (
African American
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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Collection title
Nieman Film Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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