Thursday, July 31, 2008

Frank Buck in the Movies #4

FrankBuck7, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Frank Buck with Charlotte Henry and Clarence Muse. Unlike the character of “Hambone” in DARKEST AFRICA, Clarence Muse’s role was surprisingly free of the typical black stereotype dialogue and comedy business that was the norm back then. In one scene set in a waterfront dive, he is seen at the bar, enjoying a beer along with the white patrons. Later in the serial, while a prisoner of unfriendly natives, he produces a pair of dice, teaches his captors how to shoot craps, and ends up owning everything in the village. (His dialogue during this sequence might almost have come from a modern-day Eddie Murphy comedy.)