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Stormy Weather (1943)

Approved | | Musical | 17 November 1943 (Sweden)
The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.

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(as Andrew Stone)

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(screen play) (as Frederick Jackson), (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Selina Rogers
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Bill Williamson
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ...
Cab Calloway Orchestra (as Cab Calloway and His Band)
Katherine Dunham and Her Troupe ...
Dance Troupe
Fats Waller ...
'Fats' Waller
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Dancers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Ada Brown ...
Singer
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Gabe Tucker
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Katherine Dunham ...
Katherine Dunham
The Tramp Band ...
The Tramp Band
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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17 November 1943 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tänzer auf den Stufen  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Final film of Bill Robinson, who died of heart failure at age 71 on November 25, 1949 in New York City. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bill Williamson: Clem never told me you could sing like that, Selina.
Selina Rogers: I couldn't when Clem went away... but I practiced, and I studied. I've always been ambitious. Haven't you, Bill?
Bill Williamson: Never have been, except to get three square meals a day, regular. But I'm beginning to see things different now.
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Soundtracks

There's No Two Ways About Love
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson and Irving Mills
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Lena Horne
Reprised by Horne, Bill Robinson and Cab Calloway
Introduction to reprise written by Lionel Newman
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Full of Music and Dance. A Real Treat.
1 May 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Stormy Weather with Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, and the Nicholas brothers is a wonderful "dance vacation" for Vintage, Swing and Tap dancers. It was also a rather rare opportunity to see Katherine Dunham on Video. The video I watched was clear and had excellent sound. It was an uplifting and delighful "Smorgasbord" of music and dance of the highest order. I presented it to a high school group for an historical event. They were amazed and fascinated with the performances. The guys especially were impressed by the Nicholas brothers dancing.


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