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Hi De Ho (1947)

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

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Complete credited cast:
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Ida James ...
Nettie
Jeni Le Gon ...
Minnie
William Campbell ...
Sparks
Virginia Girvin ...
Sparks' Girl Friend
George Wiltshire ...
Boss Mason
James Dunmore ...
Mo the Mouse
Augustus Smith ...
Preacher
Edgar Martin ...
Jive Club Owner
Leonard Rogers ...
Ralph
David Bethea ...
Brass Hat Club Owner
Shepard Roberts ...
Police Sergeant
Frederick Johnson ...
Headwaiter
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Goofs

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 »

Connections

Edited into Open the Door Richard (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

MINNIE'S A HEPCAT NOW
Sung a capella by Cab Calloway
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Hi-De-Ho (1947) was a mostly excellent musical showcase for Cab Calloway
18 July 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

At first, I wasn't too thrilled about this movie because of Cab's rough treatment of Minnie (Jeni Le Gon) and her insolent attitude in return. And the idea of Calloway going to an audition arranged by his manager Nettie (Ida James) when, at this point in his life, he had already entertained millions of people in several movies, on radio, and in concerts makes this very much a plot for the birds. Good thing then that not too much time is spent on the "story" though Minnie's tragic end was a little touching with Cab granting her last wish. From then on, it's just a variety show starring Cab with his orchestra along with The Peters Sisters (a talented group of full-figured women singers), and the tap-dancing Millers and Lois (their tap routines are some of the best I've seen). While just every number performed by the Hi-De-Ho man is great, he's especially compelling on the "St. James Infirmary" number. And seeing the wedding number with Cab, Ida without the glasses, and Augustus Smith as the preacher makes an excellent finale for the picture. So on that note, I highly recommend Hi-De-Ho (1947 version since Cab previously made a couple of shorts with this name, one of which I reviewed in February). P.S. David Betha who plays the Brass Hat Owner here was previously in The Green Pastures (another movie I reviewed in February) as Aaron, Ms. Le Gon was born in my birth town of Chicago, Ill., Mr. Smith was born in Jacksonville, Fl., a place I lived in from 1987-2003.


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