Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.
Pioneers of African-American Cinema • 1h 0m
Spencer Williams • United States • 1946
Sultry entertainment lands a woman in hot water.
In an unauthorized retelling of W. Somerset Maugham’s short story “Miss Thompson”, Francine Everette stars as Gertie La Rue, a nightclub entertainer who arrives at a Caribbean resort to entertain the tourists and the G.I.s stationed nearby. But an intolerant reformer condemns Gertie’s sultry brand of entertainment and vows to chase her back to Harlem.
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