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The Black Network (1936)

 |  Musical, Short  |  4 April 1936 (USA)
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The owner of a shoe polish company sponsors a radio show that showcases black performers. Since his wife's father put up the money to be the sponsor, she insists on singing on the show. She... See full summary »

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Nina Mae - Radio Singer
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Dance Team
The Washboard Serenaders ...
Washboard Serenaders
Emmett 'Babe' Wallace ...
Babe (as Babe Wallace)
Amanda Randolph ...
Mezzanine Johnson
Bill 'Basement' Brown ...
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The owner of a shoe polish company sponsors a radio show that showcases black performers. Since his wife's father put up the money to be the sponsor, she insists on singing on the show. She goes on after the main star, singer Nina Mae McKinney. The wife sings so badly that the sponsor's customers abandon him. He is forced to shine shoes on street corners, while Nina Mae and her boyfriend win a bet on a daily number and end up on easy street. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #20: The Black Network  »

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The film's title is a satirical reference to radio's National Broadcasting Company (NBC), which divided its programming between two networks, "The Red Network" and "The Blue Network." See more »

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Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

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St. Louis Blues
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Written by W.C. Handy
Performed by The Washboard Serenaders
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Nina is The Greatest!
9 June 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Nina Mae McKinney, I have to say is the greatest, its ashame she's been forgotten, she was before Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge, but because she wouldn't kiss anyone's butt or play maids or stereotype roles she didn't last long in Hollywood, she was a tough woman. She did great in Hallelujah, the best first talkie all black musical. She does wonderful in this short, I went through hell finding and collecting these black short musicals of that 30s and 40s era but their worth it. This short film is great. Nina Mae looks beautiful and sings a great low-down song with scat. I have it and its beautiful, and I watch it over and over again, its great better over and over again, the whole cast Amanda Randolph and the WashBoard Serenaders. You'll love it, Turner Classic Movies may show it, but you have to catch it, because they have no schedule for shorts.


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