Underworld (1937)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Early Black Cinema  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this crime drama an African-American college graduate leaves his Southern home and goes to seek his fortune in Chicago. He stays at a hotel which later turns out to be a cathouse. One of the proprietors takes a shine to the lad and tries to con him into a life of crime. The boy refuses, so the crooked woman gets tough by framing him for her lover's murder. The wicked woman then goes out on a bender and ends up killed by a train. Now the boy has no alibi. A trial ensues, but fortunately, a last-minute witness appears and saves him.

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prison, accusation, brothel, con/scam, false-accusation, killing, motel, murder, rescue, witness