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A Rhapsody in Black and Blue (1932)

A husband who listens to jazz instead of mopping the floor is brained with a mop by his wife; he dreams he's King of Jazzmania, a land of soapsuds where Louis Armstrong performs 'I'll Be ... See full summary »

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A husband who listens to jazz instead of mopping the floor is brained with a mop by his wife; he dreams he's King of Jazzmania, a land of soapsuds where Louis Armstrong performs 'I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You' and 'Shine'. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Wife: All you *have* got is an ear for music, and a nose for pork chops!
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Featured in Ethnic Notions (1986) See more »

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(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You
Written by Spo-De-Odee (as Sam Theard)
Performed by Louis Armstrong and band
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Perhaps a bit embarrassing to some of the politically correct types, but this is still one happenin' short!
14 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have a super-liberal and HIGHLY enlightened friend that I'd like to show "A Rhapsody in Black and White" to--just so I can watch her head explode! That's because Armstrong and the actors in this short are far from enlightened! The humor is the sort that Black America loved--a bit low and self-deprecating. And, most importantly, it's ALSO the sort of humor that didn't upset White Americans, as it showed Blacks in a very stereotypical comic fashion--with a lazy Black man (a bit like a Steppin Fetchit) and Armstrong and his orchestra in leopard skins! Now I am NOT justifying this sort of stuff, but as a retired history teacher I am worried that these old racist images so bother people that they want to throw away this past--and just pretend it never occurred. If this were to happen, you'd be losing the good as well--and although Louis is NOT as polished as he'd later become (in particular his singing), it IS Louis Armstrong singing such great songs as "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You"--one of the best songs of its type from this era. My advice is to see this one and enjoy it--and just understand that we have come a long way.


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