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Open the Door Richard (1945)

 |  Comedy, Musical, Short
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A musically themed film cutting back and forth between Stepin Fetchit at home in bed and a jazz band providing the film's swing music.

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A musically themed film cutting back and forth between Stepin Fetchit at home in bed and a jazz band providing the film's swing music.

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I know this is NOT politically correct....but it's STILL very funny despite its many limitations.
12 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I see this film has a very, very, very low current score of 3.3. I can understand this, as the film suffers on two accounts. First, it is terribly politically incorrect and surely must offend a lot of folks. Second, the production values are minimal--and the only set appears to be a TINY dinner theater or nightclub and an itty-bitty stage with a cheap curtain behind it. But, still, I liked this film.

This short stars the king of bad black stereotypes, Stepin Fetchit. Here, he is older and his routine is very different from his 1930s style--and that's an improvement. He's still representing most everything bad about black stereotypes except that he's much more clever and actually funny. All alone, Fetchit delivers an often funny one-man act where he pretends to be a no-good drunk arriving home very late and wakes up the neighborhood in the process. You just have to see it to believe it and see that it is quite funny--and Fetchit clearly had talent. It's just too bad he was given so much negative material throughout his career.


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