Cinema: This Property Is Condemned

Like Leo the Last, The Landlord concerns itself with a guilt-ridden property owner in the middle of the slums. Unlike Leo, however, The Landlord is a glossy, flat, fake Hollywood attempt at black social comedy.

The plot creaks around a 29-year-old rich kid named Elgar (Beau Bridges) who buys himself a tenement in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. His elaborate renovation plans change abruptly when he meets his new tenants, including a black free-school teacher (Melvin Stewart), a former Miss Sepia (Diana Sands), her eight-year-old son (Douglas Grant) and slightly deranged husband (Louis Gosset), and a worldly-wise den mother (Pearl Bailey)...