Murder in Harlem
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Murder in Harlem
Murder in Harlem
Murder in Harlem (1935 film).jpg
Directed by Oscar Micheaux
Clarence Williams (cabaret sequence)[] (uncredited)
Produced by Alice B. Russell (producer)
Oscar Micheaux (producer)[] (uncredited)
Written by Oscar Micheaux (novel The Story of Dorothy Stanfield)
Oscar Micheaux (screenplay)
Clarence Williams (cabaret sequence)[] (uncredited)
Starring See below
Cinematography Charles Levine
Release date
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Murder in Harlem (also released as Lem Hawkins Confession) is a 1935 American race film written, produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux, who also appears in the film. He remade his 1921 silent film The Gunsaulus Mystery.

Basing the works on the 1913 trial of Leo Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan,[1] Micheaux used the detective genre to introduce different voices and conflicting accounts by his characters.


An African-American man is framed of the murder of a white woman, but a white man is found to be responsible.[2][3]



  • "Harlem Rhythm Dance" (Music and lyrics by Clarence Williams)
  • "Ants in My Pants" (Music and lyrics by Clarence Williams)

See also


  1. ^ "Oscar Micheaux and Leo Frank: Cinematic Justice Across the Color Line", Film Quarterly, Summer 2004. Archived April 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Overview: Lem Hawkins' Confession", Turner Classic Movies.
  3. ^ J. Ronald Green, Straight Lick: The Cinema of Oscar Micheaux, Indiana University Press, 2000, p. 174.

External links

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