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An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

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Complete credited cast:
Dusty Fletcher ...
Dusty (as Dusty 'Open the Door Richard' Fletcher)
George Wiltshire ...
Dumdone, the Manager
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Butterfly
Nellie Hill ...
Lola, His Fianée
Freddie Robinson ...
Sarge
William Campbell ...
Policeman
Edgar Martin ...
Policeman
Sidney Easton ...
Policeman (as Sid Easton)
Augustus Smith ...
Stage Hand (as Gus Smith)
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Herself (as Jackie Mabley)
Ken Renard ...
The Great Voodoo
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Andy Kirk and His Orchestra ...
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The Clark Brothers ...
Themselves
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Himself (as King Cole Trio)
The Four Congaroos ...
Themselves
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An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

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

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Ooh, Kickeroonie
Music and Lyrics by Nat 'King' Cole
Performed by The King Cole Trio
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Jazz/Dance Highlights, Comedy Pyrite
27 December 2004 | by (Okemos, MI) – See all my reviews

The plot doesn't matter much, although it is fairly important to understanding the ending (which I failed to pay attention to.) But it isn't necessary in order to enjoy the classic performances from some of the 1940s biggest acts, my favorite being Nat King Cole's silky melodies with his early King Cole Trio. But the Clark Brothers are showstoppers, and their tap routine here is no less entertaining than the Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather, another personal favorite. Some of the comedy material may be extremely dated, but I couldn't help but think if "Moms" Mabley's set was performed by my Grandmother...now THAT is what killed me. What surprised me most amidst all the notable performances was that any of the humor survived these 57 years, making it a barely hour-long curiosity for the brave jazz, dance, or history buff.


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