My Dark Lady (1987)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Fred A. Keller stars in My Dark Lady as a washed-up classical actor. While taking a seasonal Santa Claus job in a department store, Keller uses the opportunity for a little shoplifting. On the lam, he hides out in a boarding house run by Lorna Hill. Hill's son Raymond Holder is an aspiring actor, so Keller decides to give him a few professional tips. The ageing thespian then repays Hill's kindness by turning her tiny house into a thriving establishment. His final good deed is to keep young Holder from being kicked out of a prestigious boarding school by snooty headmaster John Buscalia. The title refers to the fact that Lorna Hill is black, and therefore Keller's "dark lady" (it's also a Shakespearean allusion, but of course we already knew that, didn't we?)

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actor, has-been, Santa-Claus, shoplifting, on-the-run, boarding-house, boy, landlady, tutor, Pygmalion