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Killer Diller (1948)

| Comedy, Drama, Music
An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dusty Fletcher ...
Dusty (as Dusty 'Open the Door Richard' Fletcher)
George Wiltshire ...
Dumdone, the Manager
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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)
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Kirk and His Orchestra ...
Themselves
James Clark ...
Himself (as The Clark Brothers)
Steve Clark ...
Himself (as The Clark Brothers)
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Himself (as King Cole Trio)
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An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

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Apollo Groove
Composer Undetermined
Performed by Andy Kirk and His Orchestra
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Nice Musical Variety Show from Harlem Circa 1947
27 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

There are about ten acts from the 1940's that are well filmed. It was a pleasure seeing Nat King Cole and Moms Mabley so young. The rotund Patterson and Jackson steal the show with their crooning, dancing and imitation of the Four Inkspots. The Clark Brothers, a terrific tap dancing team, also bring the applause meter to a ten. The other acts aren't great, but the music is pleasant and nicely represents the Swing sound in the late 1940's. The beat occasionally sounds like early rock and roll. The line of dancing girls at the end is amusing to watch.

About ten minutes of the hour is taken up with a poorly photographed story of a magician chased by the police for making a girl disappear. Butterfly McQueen appears in this This is on a 20 pack of musicals from Mill Creek which I picked up for $2.50. So far I've watched three: "Killer Diller," "All American Coed" and "Hi Diddle Diddle" and each is worth the price of admission.


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