Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party. All the regular characters are here (or mentioned), including the famous Mystic Knights of the Sea. The only film appearance of radio's long-running characters.
We can tell you all about it, but what's the use- you'll see it anyway! (Print Ad-Turtle Mountain Star, ((Rolla, N.D.)) 26 March 1931)
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Did You Know?
Both actors that played Amos and Andy where white actors in what was known as 'blackface' makeup at the time. Blackface had been mostly abandoned by mainstream American films by 1930, unless it was diegetic (i.e. characters are performers who wear blackface as part of their act). It was decided that all African American speaking roles in this film would, for aesthetic continuity, be played by white actors in blackface; the only exceptions were Duke Ellington
and his orchestra appearing in the party scene, and the occasional non-speaking extra in scenes set in Harlem. See more
[on the phone with his girlfriend
Hello, Ruby - - dis here is Amos.
Da guy wid da EGG-SHAPED HEAD.
[absent-mindedly repeating what Andy just said
Da guy wid da egg-shaped head - - I mean, I mean - - sorry, Ruby... hold da phone a sec. Andy, will you please leeme 'lone? You is getting me messed up. Sorry 'bout that, hunny - - Andy got me messed up dere... Oh, yeah, Ruby... I LIKES to dance wid YOU -...
[in a casual monotone
Da gal wid da BIG FEET.
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Written by Duke Ellington
and Irving Mills
Performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra See more