Author Archives: Hank Davis

Hurricane Express: Vintage Black Cinema

Hollywood musicals have been with us ever since “talkies” appeared on the scene about 75 years ago. Although most musicals were geared toward mainstream audiences, a surprising number were aimed at niche markets. “Niche” is just a polite way of saying rural white folks or urban black folks.

Hurricane Express

In 1932, dominance in the movie serial business is up for grabs. The previous year, both Universal Studios and Nat Levine’s upstart Mascot Pictures released five titles.