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Cabin in the Sky -- During a bizarre dream in which God and Satan battle for his soul, a lazy gambling husband is guided towards redemption.

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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 »
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Tagline:
Ethel Waters (Famed Torch Singer) 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:
I don't understand the racism charges. See more (47 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
Jules Adger ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
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)
Bernard Bradley ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Jas. Burch ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Curry Lee Calmes ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Rita Christiani ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence / Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
June Decuire ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Dorothea Durham ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Byron Ellis ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Mr. Kelso / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Soloist in 'Little Black Sheep' (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)
Lawaune Ingram ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Glenn Leedy ... Boy in Church (uncredited)
Meade 'Lux' Lewis ... Whistling Solo in 'Take a Chance on Love' (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Nightclub Patron / Churchgoer (uncredited)
Tommie Moore ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Jieno Moxzer ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Neva Peoples ... Dancer / Jim Henry Patron (uncredited)
Amanda Randolph ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Louise Ritchie ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (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)
Edward C. Short ... Soloist in 'Little Black Sheep' (uncredited)
Johnny Thomas ... Dancer / Jim Henry's Paradise Patron (uncredited)
Ernestine Wade ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Arthur Walker ... Soloist in 'Little Black Sheep' (uncredited)
Artie Young ... Specialty Dancer in Hell Sequence (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 .... orchestrator
Vernon Duke .... music by
Roger Edens .... musical adaptation
Hall Johnson .... choral arrangements
John La Touche .... lyrics by (as John Latouche)
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Barney Bigard .... musician: clarinet, tenor sax (uncredited)
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: acoustic double bass (uncredited)
Jimmy Maxwell .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Lee Young .... musician: drums (uncredited)
 
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:
"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:
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:
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Idlewild (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Li'l Black SheepSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
I don't understand the racism charges., 29 August 2006
Author: storyguy from Los Angeles

I just watched this on DVD and found myself more amused than anything by the disclaimer at the front that warns viewers that it was made in racist times and should be regarded as a historical artifact. Are they kidding? Even by the standards of today, the movie is extremely sympathetic and affectionate toward its subjects. Compare this with the Chris Rock movie "Head of State" and then try to judge how much genuine progress has been made since 1943. Many films from the first half of the 20th century were vastly more racist in tone and attitude than this one. "Birth of a Nation" this ain't. So the people in the movie gamble and fight and screw around? Who doesn't? I watched "Dead End" last week, and the thuggish white kids in that were portrayed in a much less appealing manner than the cast here.

Some gripe that the script is a little rudimentary and the acting uneven and un-nuanced. It's a little heavy on sentimentality and slow in spots. But it's a musical. You could say the same of any of the Andy Hardy movies or even many Astaire and Rogers pictures.

On the plus side, the cast is utterly stupendous. It's only a shame that Minelli couldn't shoehorn in a few more spotlight moments for all the talent that was on hand. Unlike one of the other commenters, I very much enjoyed the performances of Waters and Anderson, neither of whom I was especially familiar with previously. Bubbles of "Buck and Bubbles" was riveting for his few minutes on screen. Horne is cute as hell. Would have loved to see more of Ellington and Armstrong.

I did get the impression that Waters was holding back at times for the sake of a screen performance. She begins to let loose vocally during the dance scene in the kitchen, and Anderson humorously reins her in, seemingly making a joke of the fact that they've been told to make their performances a bit more staid for the benefit of conservative audiences in the hinterlands.

Worth seeing as just plain old entertainment, never mind the "historical interest." If you can't see its good points, it may have more to do with being unfamiliar with the idioms and conventions of the era than with any major intrinsic deficits in what's on offer.

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