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Big Timers (1945)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 1945 (USA)
A wealthy young society man is dating a beautiful young woman who he believes is also in his "class" because of her beautiful, classically trained singing voice. In actuality, she is the ... See full summary »

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Porter / Specialty Act
Francine Everett ...
Betty Washburn / Specialty Act
Lou Swarz ...
Cora Washburn
Gertrude Saunders ...
Mabel Page / Specialty Act
Ed Hunter ...
Mr. Powers
Duke Williams ...
Tom Powers
Elveta Hunter ...
Mrs. Powers
Milton Woods ...
Hotel Manager
Walter Earle ...
Theater Manager
Rocky Brown ...
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Skylight ...
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Tarzana ...
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The All American Girl Band ...
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A wealthy young society man is dating a beautiful young woman who he believes is also in his "class" because of her beautiful, classically trained singing voice. In actuality, she is the daughter of a poor hotel maid, and in order to keep the boyfriend from finding out just how poor the family is, the mother manages to get a fancy room in the hotel to try to convince him that her daughter is "good enough" for him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Secrets Of A Chambermaid In A Sugar Hill Hotel!

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Short | Comedy | Musical

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Tarzana the dancer is introduced by Cora as Tarzan. See more »

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Featured in Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975) See more »

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Big Timers is pretty entertaining despite Stepin Fetchit's antics
9 February 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Continuing my reviews of people of color in films in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now at 1945 when the All-American News company made this musical short for the segregated audiences of the time. There is something of a plot in which Betty Washburn (Francine Everett) finds out her fiancé Tom Powers (Duke Williams) is coming to the hotel to meet his parents and ask her to marry him. Trouble is, Betty didn't tell him she's poor as opposed to rich since he's loaded. So her domestic mother Cora (Lou Swarz) takes some clothes of her employer Mabel Page (Gertrude Saunders)-who's out of town-and passes herself as her. Then Ms. Page arrives...One cast member I haven't mentioned yet is Stepin Fetchit who's top-billed here and plays Porter. His usual slow-witted antics aren't very funny here but the director involves him in some visual slapstick that livens some of the proceedings. He's also one of the acts when he rambles some lines while music by The All-American Girl Band plays and a short person bothers him. Again, not funny. More entertaining-besides the band I mentioned-are Ms. Washburn's and Ms. Saunders' warbling, a tap dancer who jumps on the piano, and an animal-costumed dancer named Tarzana. So on that note, Big Timers is worth a look.


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