Publication: Toddy Pictures, 1937, N P
Vintage 27 1/2" x 39 3/4" two-color, one sheet movie film poster for the 1937 movie film "Harlem On The Prairie." The film starred Herb Jeffries, F. E. Miller, and Connie Harris, was directed by Sam Newfield, with Fred Myton as screenwriter. Billed as the first "all colored western musical," the film was first conceived by star Herb Jeffries, who intended on distributing the film to the many segregated all black movie theaters throughout the South, but with the help of cowboy actor and singer Gene Autry, the film received national distribution, becoming one of the most successful all-black films of its time. Jeffries followed with two more western movies featuring an all black cast, "Two-Gun Man From Harlem" (1938) and "Harlem Rides The Range" (1939), both directed by Richard C. Kahn. In "Harlem On The Prairie" a wandering cowboy, Jeffries is entrusted with a map to a gold cache by dying former outlaw Spencer Williams, to help his beautiful daughter, Connie Harris, return it to its rightful owners. Poster is bright and unfaded with some restoration by a master paper conservator who has deacidified the paper to protect it against chemical damage and has been backed with Japanese paper making this an exceptional poster. Scarce and important.
Inventory Number: 49576