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Harlem Is Heaven

Harlem Is Heaven(1932)

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Although the onscreen credits contain a 1932 copyright statement, no indication of the film's registration for copyright has been found. Modern sources indicate that the picture was also known as Harlem Rhapsody. This film was the first produced by Lincoln Pictures, Inc., a company organized by producer Jack Goldberg in the early 1930s. Although it was run by whites, Lincoln specialized in films for black audiences. The company, which was also called Lincoln Productions, had no relation to the Lincoln Motion Picture Company. A March 21, 1932 Film Daily news item noted that the picture, which had been completed, was being edited at the H. E. R. Laboratories and would be ready for release on 31 Mar. According to the Variety review, the picture, which cost less than $50,000 to make, made over $4,000 during its opening week at the Renaissance theater in Harlem and was held over. The Variety review also notes that the "makers" of the picture were Irving Yates and the partnership of Tishman & O'Neal, former vaudeville agents, and that the picture was filmed in one week at the Ideal Studios in New Jersey and at various East coast theatres, including the Ideal Theater in Philadelphia and the R.K.O. Kenmore Theater in Brooklyn. The onscreen credits acknowledge the appearance of Boyer, Wessell, Smith, Sawyer, Baskette and Eubie Blake as having been "by special arrangement with 'The Cotton Club,' Harlem." According to the file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Harlem Is Heaven was issued a tentative certificate number (02816) pending the production company's adherence to the Hays Office's demands regarding specific changes in the script. Modern sources include Juano Hernandez in the cast.