Dancing great Bill 'Williamson' sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? Concludes with a big all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway. Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
17 November 1943 (Sweden)
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Also Known As:
Der Tänzer auf den Stufen
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
Two musical numbers were deleted from the release print: "Good-for-Nothin' Joe" (music by Rube Bloom
, lyrics by Ted Koehler
), sung by Lena Horne
, who already was identified with this torch song via her 1941 Victor recording as the vocalist with Charlie Barnet
and His Orchestra; and "Alfred the Moocher," a parody by Cab Calloway
of his trademark "Minnie the Moocher" (music and lyrics by Calloway, Irving Mills
and Clarence Gaskill
). The Alfred being spoofed likely is renowned film composer and music director Alfred Newman
. Only a voice track of the send-up remains. On a V-Disc of selections from the film made by Miss Horne with the Calloway band, "Good-for-Nothin' Joe" was included. See more
The first time Selena says "Bill Williamson" (in the first scene, before her character has met him) her mouth quite clearly says "Bill Robinson. Bill Robinson
played Bill Williamson. See more
Clem never told me you could sing like that, Selina.
I couldn't when Clem went away... but I practiced, and I studied. I've always been ambitious. Haven't you, Bill?
Never have been, except to get three square meals a day, regular. But I'm beginning to see things different now.
The Darktown Strutters' Ball
Music by Shelton Brooks
Played by the orchestra at the ball See more