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Clean Pastures (1937)

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The Lord sees that the stock value of "Pair-o-dice" is dropping on the exchange so he dispatches a slow-witted and slow-talking angel to sinful Harlem to recruit new customers. When this ... See full summary »

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The Lord sees that the stock value of "Pair-o-dice" is dropping on the exchange so he dispatches a slow-witted and slow-talking angel to sinful Harlem to recruit new customers. When this fails, God finds success sending a group of musical angels with a little more swing in their style, so much so that even the Devil wants to join up! Written by P. Silvestro

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22 May 1937 (USA)  »

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The slow angel is a caricature of Stepin Fetchit and the musical angels are based on Cab Calloway as the band leader, Fats Waller on piano, and Louis Armstrong on trumpet. The tap-dancing Harlemite is Bill Robinson and the guy singing "I Love to Singa" is an African-American version of Al Jolson. The vocal group parody The Mills Brothers See more »

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Followed by Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943) See more »

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Save Me Sister
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Chorus
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A marvelous gem that will probably never see release or broadcast again unless it's public domain

This is a beautiful musical short that is frowned on these days because it features caricatures of Stephin Fetchit, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Louie Armstrong and others. It's really too bad, because the jazz is great and it's a wonderful piece of animation. Unfortunately, the prevailing attitude these days seems to be that animation is for kids when the reality is these shorts were made for adults and children both. You'll have to dig to find this, but it's worth the time and effort. Most highly recommended.


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