When a porter is hospitalized with a berth mark (putting his head in the wrong berth), the Benevolent Protective Society calls on the Black Knights of the Red Cap to do a show to raise money. A grand dress rehearsal in the high-ceilinged station starts at 4 a.m. An 11-piece band plays an up-tempo piece, followed by two tap dancing numbers: couples perform and give way to dancing red caps, then the men dance an even faster one with athleticism and acrobatics. A woman seated with her luggage sings the blues, followed by a male dancer who uses a jump rope, and a finale with a chorus line of maids in uniform and couples dancing. Board the Tropical Express and the Sunshine Limited. Written by
According to the book _Jazz on Film and Video in the Library of Congress_, "Identified musicians include Wayman Carver, Sid Catlett, Leonard Davis, Roy Eldredge (predating his recording career by four years), Dick Fulbright, Otto Hardwick, Rod Harlan, Don Kirkpatrick, Al Sears, Elmer Snowden (his only film appearance), George Washington, and Dicky Wells." See more »
I've just started collecting black short films, you'll have a hard time finding them or trying to catch it on Turner Classic Movies but when you find it, it'll be worth it. Great singing and dancing, but what I hate is the fact that they don't introduce themselves or call their names, because you'll wanna know who some of these people are and you'll wanna see more of their work or you've seen them in other films or shorts, but you'll find out who they are in due time. This is great because it just gives you an idea of what was in and what they were doing in that era, the latest dancing and singing. Great fun.
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