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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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Edited from Wonder Bar (1934) See more »

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Save Me Sister
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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ya gotta pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
19 March 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, Friz Freleng's "Clean Pastures" is full of racial stereotypes. But like many Warner Bros. cartoons, the images accompany some great music. I always get the feeling that the WB animation directors really liked jazz and swing. In this case, the owner of a club in Heaven called Pair-O-Dice is wondering what to do about the jazz dancers on earth. The cartoon features caricatures of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and more*. I figure that as long as we understand the content, we can appreciate the cartoon's look at 1930s popular culture. It must have been absolutely incredible to go to some of those clubs. I recommend it.

*In Chuck Jones's "Knight-Mare Hare", Bugs Bunny mentions Count of Basie, Duke of Ellington and Satchmo of Armstrong.


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