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Monday, June 2, 2008

STORMY WEATHER (1943)


Fictionalized "This Is Your Life," Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson is a sorry minstrel show (there’s even a black- face 'numbo') which has a great line up of black musical performers, but only shows a few of them (Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers) at something near their best. With a cheap look to it, a thirty-year time frame that’s largely ignored & a short running time (77 minutes), this goes down as one of LaLaLand’s great missed opportunities. Forget the film and try to find the matching CD which is far more enjoyable & adds on a great bonus where Cab improvises a hep salute to Fox’s main music man, Alfred Newman. If only it had been filmed and edited into the film.
SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY:Am I nuts or does Robinson look a bit like an older Isiah Thomas?

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