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Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  25 October 1930 (USA)
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Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

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Roscoe Ates ...
Brother Arthur (as Rosco Ates)
Duke Ellington Orchestra ...
Himself (as The Cotton Club Orchestra)
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Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party. All the regular characters are here (or mentioned), including the famous Mystic Knights of the Sea. The only film appearance of radio's long-running characters. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Although Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker, as The Rhythm Boys, are heard on the soundtrack singing "Three Little Words", three African-American men are seen on the screen, supposedly doing the vocalizing, with megaphones disguising their lip movements so that there would not be a synchronization problem. See more »

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Lodge secretary: At da las' meetin' which was for da purpose of COLLECTIN' DA LODGE DUES, der was NOBODY PRESENT! Dat, gen'lemen, was da minutes of da last meetin'.
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Harlem Speaks
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills
Performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra
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an early chapter in the story of Amos Jones
25 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Different individuals are going to have different interpretations of Amos and Andy. I prefer to look at them as individualistic characters and not simply as racial stereotypes. I find Amos Jones especially compelling. I've listened to the surviving radio episodes (it's so sad that so many of the early one's are missing, but check out the excellent work of Elizabeth McLeod for insight into the early days of the program), I've watched the television series (the first sitcom to feature an all African-Amrerican cast), and now I've seen the 1930 film Check And Double Check. I prefer the radio and TV series, but there are moments in Check And Double that really tickle my funny bone and tug my heartstrings.

Some may see Amos' feelings for Mr. Williams as a racist stereotype, but I don't personally interpret that scene in that way. I know that Amos' father Elijah spent a great deal of time away looking for work and he died in a mining accident. I also know that Amos' mother Sarah died of overwork. It's therefore very moving for me to witness Amos' grief in Check and Double Check for yet another a parental figure who has passed away. Gosden is extremely effective in that scene. It's heartbreaking. I also admire Amos' altruism and actually cheered for him as he strove to save the day in the movie. Amos Jones has heart and soul. He's an underdog hero to me.

Amos and Andy are often comedic, but they are far more complex than just simplistic stereotypes. That's one of the reasons why they remain so controversial. It is also why they remain so beloved by fans of various races. Fans who watch Check And Double Check as just one small part of a much larger character study may appreciate the movie the most. Check And Double Check doesn't have the same magic that the radio and TV series had (Hollywood added too many unnecessary moments with original characters not based on the Amos and Andy program) but the film does offer a glimpse at the early days before the altruistic Amos matured into a far more comfortable city dweller, a more successful business man, a devoted husband, and a loving father. It took time for Amos to get used to life in the big city, but he always had a heart of gold and I greatly admire him.

The Christmas episodes of the Amos and Andy radio and TV series are my favorites. Give them a look or a listen. Childress and Gosden were both wonderful as Amos. Those who are interested should definitely watch the documentary Amos And Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy. Look up Elizabeth McLeod on the internet too. Her research into Amos and Andy is educational and extremely impressive. I recently read that there is an off-Broadway play entitled "Kingfish, Amos, and Andy" too. Can't wait to see it!


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