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Lulu Belle (1948)

Lulu Belle poster

For those of us only familiar with Dorothy Lamour as the sidekick in the Road movies, this is something of a departure. She’s the half-caste singer who lays waste to a succession of men in New Orleans at the turn of the century. This was a play in the 1920s by Broadway legend and journo Charles MacArthur and Edward Sheldon and for censorship reasons the singer in this had to be white. It’s set up as a flashback with a mystery at its heart:  who has shot the famous Broadway star and her benefactor/lover? And so we learn the history of men and mayhem. Not a huge success but a certain interest remains for all that, particularly for the point of view narrative of her lover George Davis (George Montgomery). And Dorothy sings!

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