Harlem After Midnight (1934)

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"Harlem After Midnight" is not one of the marihuana exploitative films of that era. It is a well-written drama about the Negro gangsters that ran Harlem in the 30's. The complex plot follows Vivian Poret, whose gangster husband is serving time in jail when this story unfolds. Dating her employer's son Nelson Gentry, she seeks an annulment from her jailed husband, Jerry "The Snitch" Martin, who escapes in the first reel and seeks to get some cash from his wife's dilemma. Jerry is a "reefer addict" who eventually kidnaps a wealthy Jewish businessman in the hopes of netting $10,000.