President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new ...
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President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new secretary soon runs afoul of political lobbyists out to destroy his department. Written by
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Tess Gardella who appears in a "specialty number" in the film, and Sammy Lee, who choreographed it, previously worked together in both the 1927 original Broadway version of "Show Boat" and the 1932 revival. Tess Gardella, in blackface, played the African-American cook Queenie in both productions, which Lee choreographed. See more »
Now, Miss Monroe...
Oh, yes, step here a minute, will you, please... something I want to show you. There's one phase in this amusement campaign which I think you ought to understand. The zones in...
[overcome by her good looks, he stops]
Ah, of course I'm not.
I said I'm not beautiful.
Young woman, you're talking to Lawrence Cromwell... Lawrence Cromwell, the world's recognized authority on feminine beauty and charm. Do you mean to stand there and ...
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The portrayals of African American characters in this movie are, as has
been pointed out, stereotypical, but I would like to suggest that where
the actors themselves are allowed to show their talents, they transcend
the stereotypes in ways even the filmmakers themselves recognized.
Take, for example, the show-stopping finale to "I'm Laughing,"
performed by Tess Gardella. There are a series of tableaux in this
number, of various individuals all representing different marginalized
groups: Immigrants, sweatshop workers, laborers of all kinds, all
leading up to Tess Gardella herself busting out with the biggest,
cheeriest performance of all, surrounded by a rousing, dancing chorus.
It was clearly meant to recap the song's theme--if I can laugh, as
downtrodden as I am, so can you--and to embody those who persevere and
triumph over circumstance. With a swish of her ample hips and a gleam
in her eye, Ms. Gardella triumphs.
The standard Stepin Fetchit routine has been analyzed everywhere, but
let me just add that in this picture, the actor personifies African
American resistance. In 1934 Black men were still not free from the
vicious system of racial etiquette known as Jim Crow, and were
therefore limited in the number of personae they were allowed to
display. The genius of Stepin Fetchit is that he acts out the
prescribed social role while frustrating those who prescribe it by
withholding his intelligence and personality from the social
interaction altogether. He slyly gives white people exactly what they
demand,nothing more, forcing them to realize that perhaps that's not
what they want after all. The resistance is his and the joke is on
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