Young Cab Calloway's mother is concerned, because Cab spends his days listening to the radio, pretending to lead a miniature orchestra. A deacon passing by the apartment hears him singing ... See full summary »
Young Cab Calloway's mother is concerned, because Cab spends his days listening to the radio, pretending to lead a miniature orchestra. A deacon passing by the apartment hears him singing and advises him go to his wife's gypsy tea room. As she reads the tea leaves, she sees situations which lead to Cab and his orchestra performing musical numbers. Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
Very good but I had hoped it was the film with "Minnie the Moocher".
I enjoyed this Vitaphone short, though I was disappointed it did not include Cab Calloway's signature song "Minnie the Moocher". This isn't a criticism--he did more songs than just this one and he'd already sung it in a Fleischer Brothers short five years earlier.
The film opens with Cab at home--pretending to direct a band as the radio played and he waved his baton over little dolls. Soon, he goes to see the Deacon's wife because she can tell the future. And, looking at tea leaves, she tells him he will indeed be a band leader. At this point, the film dissolves to a few musical numbers. The most interesting of which is "The Hi De Ho Man".
All in all, a nice little short AND a nice historical film as it records a very important act of the Harlem Renaissance. Well worth seeing.
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