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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This jazz musical short has a comedy plot about marital infidelity.

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Complete credited cast:
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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15 February 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Well, you sure don't need to see it on the big screen...Hi De Ho is a slightly above average 'race' film that includes most of the trademarks of the genre: a slight story, a little comedy, and lots and lots of entertainment. Thankfully there's none of the moralising (well, not much) that characterises some of these films, like The Blood of Jesus. Cab Calloway is, of course, riveting, the music excellent, and the tap dancing scenes almost breathtaking --even when shot awkwardly.

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