Detroit Film Theatre

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: DIRTY GERTIE FROM HARLEM U.S.A.

Friday, February 03, 2017

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(US/1946—directed by Spencer Williams)

This loose and entertaining reworking of Maugham’s Miss Sadie Thompson stars Francine Everette as Gertie La Rue, a New York nightclub singer who arrives at a Caribbean resort to entertain tourists and stationed G.I.s. But when a hard-nosed reformer (Alfred Hawkins) gets wind of Gertie’s sultry brand of singing, he vows to chase her back to Harlem. With this film, independent African-American features began to cross over into the mainstream. (60 minutes)

Admission to this screening is free of charge.

Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.

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