Dark Manhattan (1937) is one of my favorite films! It is a movie that set the mold for films appearing decades later like New Jack City, which has a similar theme. The film also reveals the talents of actor Ralph Cooper, an African-American actor and producer who influenced many Hollywood greats, like Humphrey Bogart and others.

Story Line: A low-level gangster determines to let nothing stand in the way of his gaining control of the numbers rackets in Harlem.

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

Ralph Cooper Curly Thorpe
Cleo Herndon Flo Gray
Clarence Brooks Larry Lee
Jess Lee Brooks Lt. Ballot
Sam McDaniel Jack Jackson (as Sam McDaniels)
Corny Anderson Atty. Brown
Rubeline Glover Miss Hall
James Adamson Lem
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Adams Waiter (uncredited)
Everett Brown Numbers Banker (uncredited)
Jack Clisby Butch Williams (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen Bit Part (uncredited)
Roy Glenn Harry Patton (uncredited)
Jack Lincy Harry (uncredited)
Morgan Roberts Pool hall patron (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond Ben Jones (uncredited)
Nick Stewart Pete (uncredited)

Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser), Ralph Cooper (uncredited)


George Randol (original story), George Randol (screenplay)






Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA)

Filming Locations:

Grand National Studios – 7250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

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