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Milton Hockey (story) and
Fred Rath (story)
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Release Date:
24 August 1934 (USA) See more »
This jazz musical short has a comedy plot about marital infidelity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Cab Calloway ... Cab Calloway
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sidney Easton ... Sam

Fredi Washington ... Train Conductor's Wife
Ethel Moses ... Cotton Club Performer (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Waller 
Writing credits
Milton Hockey (story by) and
Fred Rath (story by)

Cinematography by
William O. Steiner 

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Additional Details

10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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A Must-See For Music Fans, 1 May 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (1933)

*** (out of 4)

A rather strange one-reeler from Paramount features Cab Calloway performing three songs (I Love a Parade, Lady with the Fan, Zaz Zuh Zaz) and while they're all terrific numbers the thing that really stands out here is the story. It starts off with Calloway on a train and receiving a telegram that the Cotton Club wants him to change the opening number so he wakes his band up and they start rehearsing. After a music number we see the conductor on the train giving his wife a radio so that she can listen to Cab but instead she goes to the club to see him. The film then presents us with another number and then it flashes back to the woman's apartment where she's now making out with Cab on the couch when her husband comes back home. As you can tell, the story is certain pre-code and I found it somewhat shocking that Paramount would show the jazz star in the arms of a married woman but perhaps this was just part of the image back in the day. Even in 2011 it's pretty brass to present the story this way but at least it keeps you entertained and it's certainly something you don't typically see from this era. The three music numbers are all extremely good but the most catchy one is certainly Lady with the Fan, which takes place at the Cotton Club. The music is extremely catchy as are the lyrics and the added visuals are just icing on the cake. Fans of Cab or these period of jazz will certainly want to check this one out.

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