That’s the Spirit (1933)
Director: Roy Mack
Screenplay by: Unknown
Starring: Noble Sissle, Mantan Moreland, F. E. Miller, Buster Bailey, Cora La Redd
F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland play two night watchmen assigned to a pawn shop rumored to be haunted. The rumors are true. As Miller and Moreland look on, small figures come alive and perform. Ghosts make appearances. Miller and Moreland are supposed to protect the pawn shop… but who will protect them?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)
That’s the Spirit is a short featuring an all black cast. It is thought to be Mantan Moreland’s first film appearance. That alone makes it worth a watch. That’s the Spirit also features some of the finest musical / dance performers of the day, No wonder one fan said it was “one of the greatest all-black jazz shorts ever made.”