Harlem Double Feature: The Bronze Buckaroo/Midnight Shadow [DVD]

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Midnight Shadow
This long-lost black-cast whodunit was discovered in a vault in Tyler, TX, and preserved by the Southwest Film & Video Archive of Dallas. A showman known as Prince Alihabad the Great (John Criner) suddenly shows up in a small Southwestern town and is welcomed by Dan Wilson (Clinton Rosemond), who readily accepts that the obvious charlatan begins courting his daughter, Margaret (Frances Redd). But when Dan is found murdered after brandishing the deed to an oil field, Margaret takes matters into her own hands and hires aspiring private eye Junior Langley (Richard Bates) and his jive-talking sidekick, Lightfoot (Buck Woods), to solve the case. The trail leads to Shreveport, LA, where the murderer is caught despite the bungling of the case by "Sherlock" Langley and his inefficient "Dr." Lightfoot. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

The Bronze Buckaroo
African-American cowboy Herb Jeffries (here billed Herbert Jeffrey) headed an all-black cast in this otherwise ordinary Western filmed at the "all-colored" N.B. Murray dude ranch near Victorville, CA. Jeffries plays Bob Blake, a cowboy investigating the mysterious disappearance of his friend, Joe (Rellie Hardin). Joe, it appears, sits on some mighty valuable land and nasty Pete (Spencer Williams Jr.) aims to make him sign over the deed. Bob and his cowboy friends arrive just in time to prevent Joe from being branded with a hot iron. This African-American Western was produced, written, and directed by the white Richard C. Kahn, and included musical interludes performed by Jeffries and the Four Tones. Adhering to every cliché in the book, The Bronze Buckaroo came complete with an idiotic, easily scared sidekick (ventriloquist Lucius Brooks). ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Clinton Rosemond
    Clinton Rosemond - Dan Wilson
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    Buck Woods - Lightfoot
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    Frances Redd - Margaret

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