- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: December 21, 2004
- Originally Released: 1938
- Label: Alpha Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:
A beloved movie comic of the 1930s and 40s, Mantan Moreland (1902-1973) is best remembered today for his portrayal of Charlie Chan's nervous chauffeur, Birmingham Brown. Usually the comic relief in mystery and horror movies, Moreland's broad, bug-eyed performances are often the highlight of many otherwise routine B pictures. In his heyday his popularity broke racial boundaries, appealing to white and black audiences alike in a time of oppression and intolerance. This Double Feature collects two of Moreland's best performances.
SPIRIT OF YOUTH (1938; B&W; 66 minutes): This cautionary morality fable features real-life champion Joe Louis stretching his acting chops as up-and-coming boxer Joe Thomas. Mantan Moreland co-stars as Thomas' best friend and moral compass. Tempted and seduced by quick money, easy women and fast times, Thomas falls victim to the corruption of fame only to repent in the arms of his loving childhood sweetheart. Starring Mantan Moreland, Joe Louis, Edna M. Harris, Mae Turner. Directed by Harry Frazer.
LUCKY GHOST (1941; B&W; 61 minutes): Comic geniuses F. E. Miller and Moreland team up hunting for riches in Lucky Ghost, a comic cavalcade of hilarious vignettes that features the starring duo, a host of guest stars including legendary black performers Maceo Bruce Scheffield, Nappie White and Florence O'Brien and a gaggle of otherworldly spirits who haunt a casino where luck has nothing to do with getting out alive. Starring Mantan Moreland, F. E. Miller, Maceo Bruce Scheffield, Nappie White. Directed by William X. Crowley (AKA William Beaudine).
This double-feature includes two films from early doyen of comedic cinema, Mantan Moreland.
SPIRIT OF YOUTH: A movie that features boxing champion Joe Louis in a starring role, SPIRIT OF YOUTH is a touching tale of a young boxer trying to make a career out of the sport. It's Louis who plays the up-and-coming star, Joe Thomas, who has an unfortunate brush with the corrupt side of the game on his way to the top. Luckily friends and a former sweetheart are around to set him straight, with Thomas quickly realizing that the boxing world is tough both in and out of the ring.
LUCKY GHOST: Mantan Moreland and F.E. Miller star in this comedic look at a casino which plays host to some ghoulish spirits from another dimension. Among the poker tables and slot machines, a host of guest stars make appearances, including Maceo Bruce Scheffield and Nappie White.