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Release Date:
20 August 1929 (USA) See more »
HEAR AND SEE 100 JUBILEE SINGERS! (original poster - all caps) See more »
In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Daniel L. Haynes ... Zeke

Nina Mae McKinney ... Chick
William Fountaine ... Hot Shot
Harry Gray ... Parson

Fanny Belle DeKnight ... Mammy
Everett McGarrity ... Spunk
Victoria Spivey ... Missy Rose
Milton Dickerson ... Johnson Kid
Robert Couch ... Johnson Kid
Walter Tait ... Johnson Kid
Dixie Jubilee Singers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Child (uncredited)
Evelyn Pope Burwell ... Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Conners ... Singer (uncredited)
William Allen Garrison ... Heavy (uncredited)
Eva Jessye ... Singer (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Adam (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Church Member (uncredited)
Georgia Woodruff ... Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Writing credits
Wanda Tuchock (scenario)

Richard Schayer (treatment)

Ransom Rideout (dialogue)

King Vidor (story)

Marian Ainslee  titles (uncredited in sound version)

Produced by
King Vidor .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gordon Avil (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
Anton Stevenson (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director
Harold Garrison .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ruth Harriet Louise .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henrietta Frazer .... wardrobe
Music Department
Eva Jessye .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred M. Wilcox .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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109 min | USA:100 min (Turner library print) (re-edited version) (re-release) | Argentina:106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Presently available version, as broadcast on Turner Classic Movies, is the re-edited 100 minute 1939 re-release, with redesigned opening and closing credits.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Zeke is shown singing atop the train car, the audio of his singing does not match his lip movements, probably due to difficulties relating to dubbing in 1929 (the footage on the train was clearly shot silent, with singing and effects added in post-production).See more »
Parson:[First lines] Mammy, we're almost through with the pickin'.
Mammy:Yes sir! And we done put in a good season of work!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990)See more »
Swing Low, Sweet ChariotSee more »


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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Nina Mae McKinney- The First Black Movie Star, 23 April 2003
Author: msladysoul ( from Michigan

Nina Mae McKinney portrayed Chick in this movie. The untrained, natural singing, dancing, acting talent stole everyone's heart who saw this movie, even till this day she's still winning hearts. A great actress, after this movie people named her "The Black Garbo" and "The Dark Clara Bow". Being the first black actress, she had to represent her race well, and show that Blacks could act, and show Hollywood that Blacks could hold their own on the silver screen. Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Irving Thalberg, and King Vidor was breath-taken by her acting, and after her you saw many white actresses copying her style, the hands on the hips and facial expressions. This movie isn't stereotypical at all, its about Black Life in the South, the music and styles of the time. Nina Mae was promised many more movies, but never did anything else, but singing apperances, shorts, and maid apperances. But she did get to show her acting in the independent black movies. If you ever get to see them, you won't be sorry. People say this movie was ahead of its time, maybe so, But Nina was lucky she got to show all her talents, singing, dancing, comedy, and acting. Even Blacks don't get to show all of that today. People say that Lena Horne opened the doors, thats false, Nina Mae McKinney did, representing the Black race well, and showing that we could act, open the doors for Blacks in the future in Hollywood.

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