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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:
Something that all ages can yet relate to... 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:
MGM recycled some of its tornado footage from The Wizard of Oz (1939) for a key scene in this movie.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:
Jim Henry:[Petunia orders a drink at Jim Henry's] What'll it be, Miss Jackson?
Petunia Jackson:You may get me a double King Kong!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Idlewild (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Li'l Black SheepSee more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Something that all ages can yet relate to..., 2 November 2005
Author: hopeh33 from United States

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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