At Paramount, Josef von Sternberg cast a stunner named Theresa Harris—glamorously dressed as she sang—in a suggestive black nightclub sequence in Thunderbolt.
Bogle, Donald. Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood (2005).
I’ve shared part of this clip before, but this is a longer version I found on Youtube. This movie—Thunderbolt was released during the “Pre-Code” era of film. Thunderbolt, Hearts in Dixie, and Hallelujah were all released in 1929 and each created a new spark of hope for black entertainers of the time.
Also in this scene: Curtis Mosby and His Blues Blowers, a very popular 1920’s/1930’s band; and although I’m not completely sure, I believe the actress speaking in the beginning (wearing the uniform) is none other than Madame Sul-Te-Wan.