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Hi-De-Ho (1947)

 |  Musical  |  9 May 1947 (USA)
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Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Ends with a series of musical numbers.



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Ida James ...
Jeni Le Gon ...
William Campbell ...
Virginia Girvin ...
Sparks' Girl Friend
George Wiltshire ...
Boss Mason
James Dunmore ...
Mo the Mouse
Augustus Smith ...
Edgar Martin ...
Jive Club Owner
Leonard Rogers ...
David Bethea ...
Brass Hat Club Owner
Shepard Roberts ...
Police Sergeant
Frederick Johnson ...


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 <>

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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 »


Sung by Cab Calloway with his band
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28 January 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The plot is thin and the acting is mostly wooden, but the real point of the movie is Cab Calloway's wonderful band and some specialty numbers, especially the finale that is the last third of the film.

The best additional act is high powered tap dancing by Miller Bros. and Lois. Dusty Fletcher does his famous "Open the Door Richard" sketch in blackface. The Peters Sisters are curious but didn't do anything for me.

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