|BROKEN STRINGS (director: Bernard B. Ray; screenwriters: story by Bernard B. Ray/Carl Krusada; cinematographer: Max Stengler; editor: Fredric Bean; cast: Sybil Lewis (Grace Williams), Clarence Muse (Arthur Williams), Earl Morris ( Earl Wells), William Washington (John Williams), Stymie Beard (Dickie Morley), Tommiwatta Moore (Mary), Jess Lee Brooks (Dr. Charles Matson), Pete Webster (Gus Stevens), Edward Thompson (Sam Stilton), Buck Woods (Fred Stilton); Runtime: 50; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: L. C. Borden; Goldport; 1940)|
|"Heart-felt but clumsily acted
by Dennis Schwartz
B. Ray ("House of Errors"/"Dangerous
Lady"/"Code of the Fearless") directs this heart-felt
but clumsily acted all-black musical.
noted concert violinist Arthur Williams (Clarence
Muse ) injured his hand in an auto accident and
his career is over. Arthur becomes a music teacher.
His favorite pupil, Dickey Morley (Stymie
Beard) studies to be a concert violinist. But
dad is disappointed that his 12-year-old son John (William
Washington) prefers swing music. Meanwhile
Arthur's daughter Grace (Sybil Lewis) works as a
secretary for a hair products firm and is in love with
a fellow worker named Gus Stevens (Pete
Webster). The couple quit the firm when
their boss's son (Edward Thompson) is jealous that Gus
is going out with the girl he desires and tries to
frame Gus for mishandling money. The couple were
trying to raise a thousand dollars to pay a nerve
specialist (Jess Lee Brooks) to operate
on Arthur. Johnny goes on a radio program talent
contest to raise money, but during his performance the
violin strings suspiciously break. With only two
strings remaining, the kid switches to a swing number
and wins the contest. Overjoyed with the win, Arthur
claps and in so doing regains the use of his paralyzed
hand. Happily he again becomes a concert violinist.
REVIEWED ON 1/24/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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