MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,086 this week

Stormy Weather (1943)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,083 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 18 critic

The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.

Director:

(as Andrew Stone)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 06 Mar 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 09 May 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Aug 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 03 Dec 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Stormy Weather" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Stormy Weather (1943)

Stormy Weather (1943) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Stormy Weather.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Musical | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne
Hi-De-Ho (1947)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Ends with a series of musical numbers.

Director: Josh Binney
Stars: Cab Calloway, Ida James, Jeni Le Gon
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Jason Robards, George Segal, Ralph Meeker
Bojangles (TV Movie 2001)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The award-winning actor and dancer Gregory Hines stars in this look at the life of extraordinary tap dancing legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson... See full synopsis »

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Gregory Hines, Peter Riegert, Kimberly Elise
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Reisner
Stars: Nat 'King' Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A theatrical producer puts aside his own success to boost the career of a talented singer.

Directors: William L. Nolte, Ralph Cooper
Stars: Ralph Cooper, Lena Horne, Laurence Criner
Kid Millions (1934)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.

Directors: Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Directors: William Keighley, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Al Jolson, Sybil Jason, Beverly Roberts
April Love (1957)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man visiting his relatives' farm in Kentucky falls in love with their neighbor.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Pat Boone, Shirley Jones, Dolores Michaels
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Irwin Franklyn
Stars: Bill Robinson, Eubie Blake, Putney Dandridge
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Jack Oakie, George Burns, Gracie Allen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Selina Rogers
...
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
...
Gabe Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Katherine Dunham ...
Katherine Dunham
The Tramp Band ...
The Tramp Band
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1943 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tänzer auf den Stufen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cinematographer Lee Garmes started the film but was replaced by Leon Shamroy. 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 »

Connections

Featured in It's Black Entertainment (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't Misbehavin'
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Performed by Fats Waller
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
My Review for the Totally Confused
14 February 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

OK, I admit it. I have no cultural class. I don't recognize any of the performers in this movie except for Dooley Wilson (who played/sang the role of "Sam" in Casablanca) and Lena Horne whom I had the rare treat of seeing in Philadelphia when I was a tot. So I can't give you an educated critical review of this film.

But I can tell you there's some GREAT talent showcased. There are some tap dancing scenes that would make Fred Astaire hang up his hardshoes in shame. And for those of you sticklers who always stare at the musicians' fingers to see if they actually know how to play, THEY DO.

Sure, the plot is weak and cursory. But since when are musicals supposed to have a plot? The story was just enough to chain these performances together while not distracting from the show. And that's what this movie is all about; consider it an early American version of "American Idol" except with talent.

Most of all, it's just a fun ride. Lotta smiles throughout. It's a highly nostalgic trip through a sadly-overlooked corner of early American music (blues, ragtime, jazz). And from a cinematic standpoint, the presentation is very nice. The scene of trombonists with their long shadows cast against the stage walls is very memorable to me, as is the rousing title performance of "Stormy Weather" which, in Picasso-like cubist fashion, passes through 3 different planes of existence: the stage, the backstage, and the backstage dream. Very artistic.

If you weren't totally confused when you began reading my review, I hope you are now. Go watch the film already, you dork.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the sentence finishers iain_nevill
Anyone else think this? Gabe/Sam jstein9
this an advertise movie for black soldiers? freakyveit
I need some info please teddybear9263
Nobody's Sweetheart dancer? t1z2f
Riverboat guys? vmacek@mindspring.com
Discuss Stormy Weather (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?