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Stormy Weather (1943)

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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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Cab Calloway
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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Release Date:

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 Fats Waller. On December 15, 1943, less than five months after the film's July 21 opening in Manhattan, Waller, age 39, died of pneumonia on a train stopped at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Having fallen ill during an engagement at the Zanzibar Room in Hollywood, he had boarded the Santa Fe Chief in Los Angeles and was headed for New York City. See more »

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Thanks for the memories
30 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

To criticize this picture for its lack of plot, strained dialogue and (some) stiff performances is, I think, to miss the point. Here are a number of legendary performers captured for the ages on film. As great as they were, none appeared in more than a handful of movies - and performed "specialty" numbers in virtually all of those.

Their greatest work was doubtless performed in stage shows and night clubs, but at least we have "Stormy Weather" - a variety show with its acts strung together by the thinnest of plots (typical, by the way, of many musicals of its time) and featuring the most talented black entertainers of generations.


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