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Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'.



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Uncredited cast:
Ivie Anderson ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Dwarfs / Worm in Apple / Honey Chile (voice) (uncredited)
Ruby Dandridge ...
Queen's Sweet Voice / Queen's Laugh (voice) (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ...
So White (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ...
Mammy (voice) (uncredited)
Zoot Watson ...
Prince Chawmin' (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb ...
Queen (voice) (uncredited)


Spoof of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)' with an all-black cartoon cast. Many WWII references, including rationing (the evil Queen is a hoarder of sugar and rubber tires) and Jeep vehicles (the Sebben Dwarfs come to the rescue in three of them). Also spoofs the extreme close-up of Kane's lips uttering "Rosebud" in 'Citizen Kane (1941)'. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Release Date:

16 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

So White and de sebben dwarfs  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the 11 shorts banned from TV syndication by United Artists in 1968 (then the owners of the pre-1947 color Looney Tunes shorts) for alleged racism. Ted Turner continued the ban when he acquired these cartoons and stated that these films will not be re-issued and will not be put on home video. Warner Bros., however, reacquired these shorts in 1996 when Time Warner purchased Turner Entertainment, which returned them to their original aegis for the first time since 1957. These cartoons will probably never air on television again, and only non-Warner Bros.-licensed public-domain video tapes will probably ever have these shorts on them. See more »


Dwarfs: [examining the unconscious So White] She's out of this world!, she's stiff as wood!, she's got it bad and that ain't good!
'Dopey' Dwarf: There's only one thing that'll remedy this and that's Prince Chawmin and his dynamite kiss!
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Crazy Credits

A unique "That's All, Folks!" card features an animated shot of Mammy and a little girl rocking in an armchair. See more »


Follows Clean Pastures (1937) See more »


Blues in the Night
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Vivian Dandridge as So White
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Pretty well made, but it will no doubt give many a heart attack or high blood pressure!
18 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good film technically,...but boy is the film likely to cause extremely high blood pressure or even heart attacks in modern audiences!!! And I DON'T recommend that the average person watch this, as the film is so racially offensive. In the 1940s, drawing characters of giant-lipped Black characters who spoke in Jive must have seemed very funny, but today it will most likely make many recoil in horror! However, I do recommend you see this film if you are interested in history or the progress we've made in race relations. As a history teacher, I see this as a wonderful film just as a teaching tool--to show us how far we've come. Plus, being a strong, strong advocate of free speech, I am loathe to encourage ANY film to be banned outright.

The film is on at least a superficial level, a pretty funny and interesting piece--particularly the wonderful ending. Just be forewarned--it is an awful aspect of race relations that some want to forget ever existed. Of course, if you ignore or forget your past, you are opening up the possibility you won't learn from our mistakes.

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