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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:
Thank the heavens for this gem of a movie! 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cabin In The Sky opened at the Martin Beck Theater on October 25, 1940 and ran for 156 performances.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:[when he discovers he's in trouble with the Devil] Oh, me! I'm about the most miserabelest person that ever died!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Happiness Is a Thing Called JoeSee more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Thank the heavens for this gem of a movie!, 4 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Fabulous first film from director Vincente Minnelli (who went on to become one of America's best directors, and had previously produced stage revues including star Waters) with an all black cast headed by the magnificent Ethel Waters. She sings classics from the musical and interpolated songs -- fortunately MGM had a good songsmith on hand in Harold Arlen, who added tunes which were, for once, the equal of the show's originals. Lena Horne also makes a sensational screen debut as "sweet" Georgia Brown. Loose comedy plot about Rochester saving his soul only holds the songs together, but the whole thing is done in a spirit of fun and shows off the great cast in full flavor. An experimental movie that passes its mark with an A+! May offend some modern tastes, but those who are offended should consider questioning their hangups and just kick their feet up and have a good time with it! Ellington and crew appear in a wonderfully photographed "shack dance".

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