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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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Broadway's big, fun-jammed music show is on the screen at last--crowded with stars and songs and spectacle in the famed MGM manner! See more »


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Release Date:

9 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un petit coin aux cieux  »

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$662,141 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Absolutely delightful
19 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Take the film only for what it is, a spoof, farce or light comedy. Serving that purpose, the cast is delightful with required over-the-top performances by one and all. Ethel Waters is a dream throughout; I only wish Minelli had let her sing "Takin' a Chance on Love" without the unwelcome distraction of the tap dance sequence. Besides Waters, Lucifer's team steals the show, and of course today one wishes that Louis Armstrong could have been given a chance to demonstrate his unique vocal style. But this is nitpicking. The film is an absolutely delightful period piece with a superb cast and memorable vocals. I try to watch it at least once a year and may purchase the DVD to share with friends. (I've already purchased two of Ethel Waters' CDs.)

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