Harlem AKA Harlem, New York (1930-1939)

Unused / Unissued material – no paperwork – dates unclear or unknown.

Harlem, New York, United States of America (USA). Great shots of 1930s Harlem – home of the Cotton Club.

Title reads: “Pathe Audio Review – Harlem – A cinema excursion in the great black metropolis of New York.” (Credits follow the title). Top view street in Harlem. Intertitle reads: “Seventh Avenue is Harlem’s celebrated Gay Black Way”. Shots of African Americans and other people on streets of Harlem. Intertitle reads: “Rue de Rivoli, Unter der Linden, Fifth Avenue and Broadway all combined.” More shots of streets in Harlem. Intertitle reads: “Seventh Avenue atmosphere is colorful.” Shots of shops like Hung Far Low, Frank’s Fish Market, a tensorial Parlour or Barbers shop. Lots of well dressed African-American’s on the streets of Harlem. A man has his photograph taken on the street. Intertitle reads: “Dusky debutantes”. A group of young women gathered on the corner of a street. A man raises his hat. Intertitle reads: “Harlem’s Finest”. CU Black police officer on traffic duty. Intertitle reads: “Palace of sartorial splendor – this is where the kink goes straight.” A man in a barber’s shop having lotion rubbed into his hair. Intertitle reads: “A polished gen’mun about town”. A man sitting getting his nails polished / having a manicure. A man is having his hair brushed at the hairdressers. Intertitle reads: “Brothers of the Lodge.” Procession of black men wearing what appears to be Freemason’s regalia. Intertitle reads: “Everything is kept dark in Harlem until after midnight.” CU Illuminated neon sign “Cotton Club”. Intertitle reads: “Fashionable New York gathers at the Cotton Club.” Shots of white people in the Night Club. Intertitle reads: “Hot Harlem Heaters!” A man sings a song while girls dance behind him. The girls change their costumes as the number progresses. CU African American jazz musician plays trumpet. More dancing from the artists. Intertitle reads: “Night Hawks – the roost and stupefy until dawn.” A man pours a drink. More shots of dancers. Intertitle reads: “Duke Ellington – he is Harlem’s King of Jazz.” CU Duke Ellington. More shots of dancers. Intercut with band. Intertitle reads: “Grand Finale”. All manner of artists perform together – black, white and blacked up . Intertitle reads: “Grander Finale” Lots of dancing shots. Intercut with band.

Transferred at wrong speed – correct speed version at 743.26.
FILM ID:478.17

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