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Cabin in the Sky
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Writers:
Joseph Schrank (screen play)
Lynn Root (based upon the book of the musical play by)
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Release Date:
9 April 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Enjoy the DVD... Beware the commentary! See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ethel Waters ... Petunia Jackson

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Little Joe Jackson

Lena Horne ... Georgia Brown

Louis Armstrong ... The Trumpeter

Rex Ingram ... Lucius / Lucifer Jr.
Kenneth Spencer ... The General / Rev. Green
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])

Butterfly McQueen ... Lily
Ruby Dandridge ... Mrs. Kelso
Nick Stewart ... Dude (as Nicodemus)
Ernest Whitman ... Jim Henry
Duke Ellington Orchestra ... as Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Hall Johnson Choir (as The Hall Johnson Choir)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Duke Ellington ... Himself
Doris Ake ... Dancer / Jim Henry Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Juliette Ball ... Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Dorothea Durham ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Mr. Kelso / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Avanelle Harris ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Kathleen Hartsfield ... Dancer at Jim Henry's Paradise (uncredited)
Maggie Hathaway ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Cleo Herndon ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Tommie Moore ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Neva Peoples ... Dancer / Jim Henry Patron (uncredited)
Henry Phace Roberts ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Carmencita Romero ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond ... Doctor (uncredited)
Archie Savage ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Johnny Thomas ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Ernestine Wade ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Busby Berkeley (director: "Shine" sequence) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Joseph Schrank (screen play)

Lynn Root (based upon the book of the musical play by)

Marc Connelly  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Albert Lewis .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
George Bassman (uncredited)
Roger Edens (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Irene (costume supervision)
 
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Charles Levin .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Hugh Hunt .... associate set decorator
Leonid Vasian .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
William Steinkamp .... sound (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Shoup .... associate costume supervisor (as Shoup)
Gile Steele .... costumes: men's
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... orchestration
Vernon Duke .... music by
Roger Edens .... musical adaptation
Hall Johnson .... choral arrangements
John La Touche .... lyrics by (as John Latouche)
George Stoll .... musical direction (as Georgie Stoll)
 
Other crew
Vinton Freedley .... produced on the stage in association with
Albert Lewis .... produced on the stage by
Al Hirschfeld .... poster designer (uncredited)
Millie Monroe .... stand-in (uncredited)
Archie Savage .... dance director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8964) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
This film is generally credited with the first appearance of the "moon walk" dance step. It is performed by Bill Bailey, brother of Pearl Bailey.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Joseph 'Little Joe' Jackson:Georgia, Georgia, remember you're a lady now.
Georgia Brown:I know it, sugar. I'm just trying to impress them with that fact.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Idlewild (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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51 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Enjoy the DVD... Beware the commentary!, 20 January 2006
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This exquisite first film by Vincente Minnelli just came out on DVD along with another all-Black musical of the period starring Lena Horne, "Stormy Weather". As delightful as both those films are, and although they are produced by two different companies, their DVD presentation is marred by audio commentaries by the very same Dr. Todd Boyd, Professor of critical studies at USC. To call the man a pompous bore would be to imitate him by stating the obvious. These commentaries, which are all about painfully deconstructing every single aspect of the racial clichés and supposedly harmful depictions of Black people contained in those films and are full of precious profundities like "Notice how the dancers smile too much, which is a hateful racial stereotype", were evidently put together in a commendable spirit of political correctness. Unfortunately, the good Doctor has a tendency to repeat every worthwhile point he makes at least five times and is totally blind to the wonderful qualities of those films, with the end result that he robs the viewing experience of all joy, discovery, wonderment and spontaneity. He also fails to point out the qualities and positive aspects of each production and is totally unreliable when it comes to identifying wonderful performers (and performances) who will otherwise remain eternally nameless, undocumented and unpraised. The harm done is less pronounced on the "Cabin in the Sky" DVD, where his debunking and killjoy duties are somewhat mitigated by the presence of his colleague Prof. Drew Casper, who is at least knowledgeable about the films of Minnelli, and relatives of Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who do a good job describing the human side of the real star of the film. "Cabin in the Sky" is one of the best fantasy-comedy-musical films ever made and boasts some of the best stage and recording talents of the XXth Century. When you watch it, do yourself a big favour: Enjoy it for what it is - a masterpiece - and turn Professor Boyd's platitudes off!!!

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