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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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(screen play), (based upon the book of the musical play by)
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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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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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Plot Keywords:

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

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At Last on the Screen! The Musical Comedy Sensation! 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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, the movie's black stars were told by the studio manager that they were not allowed to eat at the MGM commissary. When studio head Louis B. Mayer heard about this, he invited the black performers to join him instead in his private dining room. All the performers were allowed to eat in the commissary the following day. 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: [after she runs Jim Henry and his crony off] Oh, Lord! Please forgive me for backsliding, but sometimes when you fight the Devil you've got to jab him with his own pitchfork!
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Connections

Referenced in An American Girl on the Home Front (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and others
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Something that all ages can yet relate to...
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must admit, as a support to the Harlem Renaissance, I show this film to my students. No child has ever been left unaffected at seeing this film. What a wonderfully touching film. It addresses real issues of today in a yesterday atmosphere. The cinematography is somewhat lacking, but for the 1940s that is of no diminish to the beauty of this film. In addition, it is yet a marker to the contribution of the African American to the film industry and well worth the title of one of life's best kept African American secrets. The actors in the film also warrant acclaim for this. This all person-of-color film is so lovely, emotion filled and real, who would not want to spend their time evaluating its worth? As a 7th grade Language Arts instructor who is greatly proud of her heritage and the contributions my ancestors and friends have made, I am indeed proud of this cinematic star-studded glimpse of the past. And, I still cry every time I watch it today...


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