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Boarding House Blues (1948)

Tenants of a Harlem boarding house put on a show to save their home.

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Moms (as Jackie Mabley)
Dusty Fletcher ...
Marcellus Wilson ...
Marie Cooke ...
Lila Foster
Augustus Smith ...
Norman Norman
Johnny Lee ...
Stanley (as John D. Lee Jr.)
Emory Richardson ...
Simon
Harold Cromer ...
Moofty
Sidney Easton ...
Boo Boo (as Sid Easton)
Freddie Robinson ...
Freddie
John 'Spider Bruce' Mason ...
Boarders (with 'company') (as John Mason)
John Riano ...
Steggy (the ape)
Lucky Millinder ...
Himself (bandleader)
Una Mae Carlisle ...
Herself (singer)
Bull Moose Jackson ...
Himself (singer)
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Despite the slapstick atmosphere there, the inhabitants of Moms' theatrical boarding house in Harlem are broke and in danger of losing their home. For some ready cash, they trick a producer into helping them put on a show, featuring a variety of black specialty acts. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in It's Black Entertainment (2002) See more »

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GIMME
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Performed by John 'Spider Bruce' Mason and Company
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It's a Killer Diller.
6 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This time capsule review of Negro stage performers of the 30s and 40s... this is a small film of major talent and a perfect chance to see the almost unseen (to us whiteys) of black vaudeville stars only ever before heard about. One performer Woody Allen must have certainly known about is 'Crip" Heard, the one legged tap dancer... See Stardust Memories for where that info went. He is called "Crip' because he is a cripple..he has one arm and one leg but that doesn't stop him dancing himself into a frenzy...... and don't blame me for that anecdote..... It is in his intro in the film! The lindyhop dancers later in the film are enough to get the most exhausted viewer off the couch and leaping about in their own boarding house. Killer Diller, the 1947 remake with other talent incl Nat King Cole is equally thrilling.


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