|MIDNIGHT SHADOW (director/writer: George Randol; cinematographer: Arthur Reed; editor: Robert Jahns; music: Johnny Lange; cast: Frances Redd (Margaret Wilson), Buck Woods (Lightfoot ), Richard Bates (Junior Lingley), John Criner (Prince Alihabad), Edward Brandon ( Buster Barnett), Pete Webster (Mason), Jesse Lee Brooks (Sgt. Ramsey), Ruby Dandridge (Mrs. Lingley), Napoleon Simpson (Mr. Lingley), Ollie Ann Robinson (Emma Wilson), Clinton Rosemond (Dan Wilson); Runtime: 54; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George Randol; TCM; 1939)|
|"An all-black cast in this engaging
by Dennis Schwartz
Randol ("Rhythm Rodeo") directs an all-black
cast in this engaging whodunit.
Wilson is an impressionable small-town beauty from
Oklahoma. The refined traveling
mind reading Prince Alihabad (John Criner)
courts Margaret, who rebuffs her long-time poor
boyfriend Buster Barnett (Edward Brandon).
It soon becomes known that Alihabad is a charlatan,
interested in stealing the East Texas oil field her
father (Clinton Rosemond) wants to give
her as a wedding present. After the Prince steals the
deed and kills her father, Margaret contacts a family
friend for help. Their son Junior Lingley (Richard
Bates) is an aspiring bumbling private detective. His
partner Lightfoot ( Buck Woods)
is also a bumbler. Their investigation leads to the
arrest of the culprit.
an unremarkable film it remains worthwhile as a curio
REVIEWED ON 1/26/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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