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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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Cast

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
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'Fats' Waller
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Dancers (as Nicholas Brothers)
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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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Release Date:

17 November 1943 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tänzer auf den Stufen  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was made Bill Robinson was 39 years older than Lena Horne. 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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Connections

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Soundtracks

I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake Citty
(1942) (uncredited)
Written by Leon René and Johnny Lange
Sung by Mae E. Johnson
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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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