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Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra,
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Marcia Mae Jones,
Bandleader Cab Calloway is tiring of his sexy girlfriend Minnie, who in turn is jealous of Cab's manager Nettie. When Nettie gets Cab a job at the Brass Hat Club, Minnie retaliates for his imagined infidelity by setting gangster Boss Mason, owner of a rival club, against him. Will she regret her action before it's too late? (This plot resolves halfway through the film; the rest is a series of 'soundies' featuring the Calloway band's inimitable jive). All-black cast. Written by
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When Cab takes the wounded Minnie back into his room, the furniture has changed position - the bed is now away from the wall and in the middle of the room, and the chair is in the corner of the room where the bed used to be. See more »
The charismatic presence of Cab Calloway one of the best entertainers is reason enough to see Hi-De-Ho. The film is chock full of numbers that Calloway sang over the years in the style that made him known as the Hi-De-Ho man. But overall the film is not the best.
Hi-De-Ho is an independent production made for the black audiences of the day. I doubt too many white people saw it because it played in black neighborhood movie houses in the north and in the black theaters in the segregated south. Additionally it was done on a minuscule budget and Calloway didn't exactly have a director as talented as Spike Lee. That would come in a couple of generations.
Later on Calloway showed his acting chops in such films as The Cincinnati Kid, St.Louis Blues, and The Blues Brothers. Here the plot is threadbare and it involves two rival Harlem club owners who are fighting for Cab's services and two women just fighting over Cab. The last half of the film is strictly a variety with Cab and his orchestra and other black performers.
One thing very much makes this film worthwhile is it's one of the few you will find where no one is playing any kind of Stepin' Fetchit type part. For 1947 that's remarkable and I have no doubt that Calloway insisted on it.
Fans of the Hi-De-Ho man will love this film.
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