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King for a Day (1934)

A talented tap dancer who can't get an audition uses his prowess at playing craps to gain ownership of a musical show, making himself the star.



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Complete credited cast:
Bill Green
Ernest Whitman ...
Mr. Brown
Dusty Fletcher ...
Babe Matthews ...
Babe Matthews
Muriel Rahn ...
Muriel Rahn
Hattie Noel ...
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Mr. Brown refuses to allow tap dancer Bill Green to audition for his vaudeville show, "Brown's Black Orchids." Green knows that Brown has a weakness for crap games and challenges him. Green and Brown keep rolling the dice until the only thing Brown has left to offer is his show. After one last roll of the dice, the show is renamed "Green's Black Orchids", with Green as a featured performer. Other black singers and dancers also perform. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Comedy | Musical






Release Date:

30 June 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #28: King for a Day  »

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1.37 : 1
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Bill Green: Tell Mr. Brown, Bill Green is here to see him.
Janitor: Mr. Brown don't wanna see no Bill Green.
Bill Green: By the way, do you play the numbers?
Janitor: Do a horse eat corn?
Bill Green: 4-48 tomorrow will get it.
Janitor: Well, hush my mouth.
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Old Black Joe
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Bill Robinson (tap dance)
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5 December 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the stereotypes back in the day was that black men just loved to shoot dice. Not sure if that was the case but when I watch scenes like that in old films I think to myself this is better than scenes with whites where they were supposed to be menial. Gamblers they be, but they show their real selves in these scenes.

A crap game is what this musical short with Bill Robinson aka Bojangles is what frames it. Robinson's skill and luck with the painted sugar cubes gets him Ernest Whitman's show and then we see the show.

Which brings up something else, this looks very much like a Cotton Club Show minstrel show format and all. A lot of talent, but black people couldn't see it in their own neighborhood. What is worse than that?

Still enjoy Robinson's singing and dancing and all that goes with it.

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