Mill Creek Musings: Paradise in Harlem (1939)

Lem Anderson (Frank H. Wilson) is a Harlem club performer whose real dream is to be a dramatic actor. Tired of hoofing his way through comedic skits and musical numbers every night, he’s waiting for the big break that will allow him to explore his acting talents on a different type of stage — the Shakespearean stage. But when Lem is witness to a mob … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Paradise in Harlem (1939)

Mill Creek Musings: Dixiana (1930)

Dixiana (Bebe Daniels) is a singer and dancer living in New Orleans in the 1840s, performing at the Cayetano Circus Theatre. The Cayetano acts as a playground for the wealthy aristocrats of the area, and Dixiana attracts the attention of one of those wealthy artistocrats: Royal Montague (Ralf Harolde), an influential gambler. Dixiana isn’t smitten with Royal, though. She’s fallen in love with Carl Van … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Dixiana (1930)

Mill Creek Musings: Sunny (1941)

Sunny Sullivan (Anna Neagle) is a lovely lady who makes her living performing in the circus, crafting exciting song-and-dance numbers for the audience. Sunny meets and falls in love with Larry Warren (John Carroll), the heir to a very successful automobile  company run by his very wealthy family. Sunny is worried that her boyfriend’s family will not approve of her if she lets them know … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Sunny (1941)

Mill Creek Musings: Murder with Music (1941)

Lola (Nellie Hill) is a woman with a gaggle of admirers. She’s got not one, but three men wrapped around her finger. A criminal, a musician and a journalist all vie for her attention. But when one of Lola’s men turns up dead, she and her other beaus become suspects. Song and dance surround the murder mystery in 1941’s appropriately titled Murder with Music, which … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Murder with Music (1941)

Mill Creek Musings: Reet, Petite and Gone (1947)

Schyler Jarvis (Louis Jordan) is a wealthy music star nearing the end of his life. He hopes to leave behind something beneficial for his son, Louis Jarvis (also played by Louis Jordan), a bandleader: a plan for his future happiness Schyler is willing to leave his entire estate to his son… if he will find a good woman to marry. Schyler hopes this woman will … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Reet, Petite and Gone (1947)