Down in Hades, Satan and an audience of devils enjoy band music, a singing trio and a pair of dancers.

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Gus Van ...
Satan
Erskine Hawkins ...
Band Leader (as Erskine Hawkins and Band)
Toy ...
Dancer (as Toy and Wing)
Wing ...
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Moya Engele ...
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Down in Hades, Satan and an audience of devils enjoy band music, a singing trio and a pair of dancers.

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singing | hades | devil | dancer | band | See All (21) »

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Short | Comedy | Musical

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22 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Devil Female: What's the matter, Satan? Gettin' old?
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All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm
(uncredited)
Vocals by Gus Van
Performed by Erskine Hawkins and Band
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A Devil from Brooklyn with a Southern Accent
22 February 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Gus Van stars in this one as the Devil and sings a medley of "Old Rockin' Chair" and "All God's Children Got Rhythm". That at the end. Earlier, he and a panel of devils are entertained by some novelty acts and a good band, all performing to some fairly hot music. The best act is Toy & Wing, a pair of acrobatic Chinese dancers.

At averages good, although some of the parts are a bit bizarre, including Mr. Van, who had been one half of a Broadway comedy pair a decade earlier and who had not aged well. He was a Brooklyn boy who uses a Kentucky Colonel accent and demeanor here.

Although this film was distributed by RKO, it was independently produced. I believe that, given the non-white talent it was intended as a film for urban markets that managed to get some wider exposure. It is certainly competently shot and edited.


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