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Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Passed | | Musical, Fantasy | 9 April 1943 (USA)
A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife.

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The Trumpeter
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Lucius / Lucifer Jr.
Kenneth Spencer ...
The General / Rev. Green
John William Sublett ...
Domino Johnson (as 'Bubbles' [John W. Sublett])
Oscar Polk ...
The Deacon / Fleetfoot
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First Idea Man
Willie Best ...
Second Idea Man
Fletcher Rivers ...
Third Idea Man (as Moke [Fletcher Rivers])
Leon James Poke ...
Fourth Idea Man (as Poke [Leon James])
Bill Bailey ...
Bill
Ford Washington Lee ...
Messenger Boy (as 'Buck' [Ford L. Washington])
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Lily
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Chronic gambler and carouser "Little" Joe Jackson is shot by Domino Johnson at Jim Henry's gambling club over an outstanding gambling debt. Little Joe's wife, the God-fearing Petunia Jackson, prays not only for her husband's mortal life, but also his eternal soul as she's afraid that if he dies now, he, despite not being an evil man, won't make it into heaven. As Little Joe is close to death, he is visited by agents of both the Lord and of Lucifer. They make a deal with him: they will give him six months to atone for the errors of his human life. Once back on Earth, he won't remember the deal but both the Lord and Lucifer will be watching over him, trying to get him to see things their way. As both sides try to get Little Joe's soul, they figure that some of the most powerful tools they have at their disposal are the women in Little Joe's life: Petunia on behalf of the Lord, and Georgia Brown, a gold-digging floozy, on behalf of Lucifer. As hard as both the Lord and Lucifer try to get... Written by Huggo

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hell | shooting | prayer | church | singer | See All (46) »

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Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (Funnier Than Ever) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

9 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un petit coin aux cieux  »

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Budget:

$662,141 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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"Ain't it the Truth?", a very elaborate musical number performed by Louis Armstrong, was cut from the film (this track is now available on a variety of Armstrong CDS). It explains why a prominent person like Armstrong had so little to do in the film as seen now. See more »

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During the nightclub fight between Domino Johnson and Little Joe, the gunshot he fires accidentally hits Petunia. She falls down on the steps of the staircase, where she drapes her right arm twice over the side. See more »

Quotes

The Trumpeter: Give a man money and watch him act funny.
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Referenced in Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman (2007) See more »

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(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Ford Dabney
Lyrics by Cecil Mack
Performed by John William Sublett (as John W. "Bubbles"Sublett)
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Oh, Little Joe
23 January 2007 | by (Tennessee, United States) – See all my reviews

Brilliant. Simply Brilliant. This movie appealed to me the first time I watched it. The acting is consistently good, the music is enduring, and the story is unforgettable. Little Joe is not a bad man, but he likes to make life interesting for himself. Married to a good-hearted woman and being fit as a fox, Little Joe has a pretty good life, but it takes him awhile to realize just how good he's got it, or had it as the case may be. When a lottery ticket promises to bring Little Joe everything he has ever wanted, Little Joe must decide between the straight and narrow and the prurient desires of dice, jazz, and the seductive sweet Georgia Brown. Heaven and Hell battle over Little's Joe's soul, but Little Joe must decide for himself before time runs out.


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