Midnight Shadow

August 16, 2015 at 11:07 pm (2 Heads, Midnight Shadow) (, , , )

Midnight Shadow – 1939 – United States

A fake spiritualist named Prince Alihabad courts a young woman. He wants to marry her and inherit valuable land owned by her parents. When the woman’s parents are murdered, and the deed to their land is stolen, Prince Alihabad is the prime suspect. In actuality, the crime was committed by a nameless tramp. A tough policeman and two bumbling private eyes crack the case mostly by accident.

Midnight Shadow begins with a patronizing description of the film’s “Old South” setting. “Here in certain communities, the like of which is found nowhere else in the world, these people of a darker hue have demonstrated their abilities in self-government by the orderly processes of which they are capable when unhampered by outside influences.”

Midnight Shadow has an all African American cast and is set in an upper middleclass African American household. Unfortunately, like many “race” films of its era, it is a threadbare film with abysmal writing, acting, and production values.

Rating: 2/10 Shrunken Heads. In one scene, Prince Alihabad (a Muslim) discusses with another man (a Christian) how Allah and God are different names for the same being. I am glad that people of differing faiths can be united, at least in this film.

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