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Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Passed  -  Musical | Fantasy  -  9 April 1943 (USA)
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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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Georgia Brown
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The Trumpeter
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John William Sublett ...
Domino Johnson (as 'Bubbles' [John W. Sublett])
Oscar Polk ...
The Deacon / Fleetfoot
Mantan Moreland ...
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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Musical | Fantasy

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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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"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 »

Goofs

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

Petunia Jackson: You have a funny feeling, Joe?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Jackson: I've got a feeling, but it ain't funny!
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Referenced in The Fair Haired Hare (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Honey in the Honeycomb
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by John La Touche
Performed by Lena Horne
also performed by Ethel Waters
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Witty, well-acted, years ahead of its time
26 December 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This film crackles with energy from start to finish. Every moment of this film contains singing, dancing, or drama. There is so much going on in this film, and so often, that it is impossible to look away from it; its simple and timeless lessons about love, morality, misunderstandings, and forgiveness play out like little vignettes. Minnelli keeps the action moving so quickly that you can't even catch your breath. I doubt that the endearing sincerity of this film, so obvious in scenes such as when Little Joe comes home to greet Petunia, could be as genuine in today's jaded, cynical audiences. This is a wonderful, spirited film packed with talented actors. It's a shame that certain people have to point out that it's an "all-black" cast; why make skin color an issue?


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