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Cabin in the Sky (1943)

A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife.

Directors:

Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley (uncredited)

Writers:

Joseph Schrank (screen play), Lynn Root (based upon the book of the musical play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethel Waters ... Petunia Jackson
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Little Joe Jackson
Lena Horne ... Georgia Brown
Louis Armstrong ... The Trumpeter
Rex Ingram ... Lucius / Lucifer Jr.
Kenneth Spencer Kenneth Spencer ... The General / Rev. Green
John William Sublett John William Sublett ... Domino Johnson (as 'Bubbles' [John W. Sublett])
Oscar Polk ... The Deacon / Fleetfoot
Mantan Moreland ... First Idea Man
Willie Best ... Second Idea Man
Fletcher Rivers Fletcher Rivers ... Third Idea Man (as Moke [Fletcher Rivers])
Leon James Poke Leon James Poke ... Fourth Idea Man (as Poke [Leon James])
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Bill
Ford Washington Lee Ford Washington Lee ... Messenger Boy (as 'Buck' [Ford L. Washington])
Butterfly McQueen ... Lily
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Storyline

Chronic gambler and carouser "Little" Joe Jackson is shot by Domino Johnson at Jim Henry's gambling club over an outstanding gambling debt. Little Joe's wife, the God-fearing Petunia Jackson, prays not only for her husband's mortal life, but also his eternal soul as she's afraid that if he dies now, he, despite not being an evil man, won't make it into heaven. As Little Joe is close to death, he is visited by agents of both the Lord and of Lucifer. They make a deal with him: they will give him six months to atone for the errors of his human life. Once back on Earth, he won't remember the deal but both the Lord and Lucifer will be watching over him, trying to get him to see things their way. As both sides try to get Little Joe's soul, they figure that some of the most powerful tools they have at their disposal are the women in Little Joe's life: Petunia on behalf of the Lord, and Georgia Brown, a gold-digging floozy, on behalf of Lucifer. As hard as both the Lord and Lucifer try to get... Written by Huggo

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Plot Keywords:

hell | shooting | prayer | church | singer | See All (46) »

Taglines:

Lena Horne (Gorgeous Song-Bird) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Fantasy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabin in the Sky See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$662,141 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,606,624, 31 December 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial USA telecast took place in Seattle Monday 4 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Portland OR 1 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Memphis 9 June 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by Honolulu 18 June 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Minneapolis 13 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Los Angeles 6 September 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Akron 1 October 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), by Hartford CT 14 October 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Peoria 30 October 1957 on WTVH (Channel 19), by Chicago 6 December 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), and, finally, by Philadelphia 20 September 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by San Francisco 7 July 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). The date of its initial telecast in New York City has not yet been determined. See more »

Goofs

During the nightclub fight between Domino Johnson and Little Joe, the gunshot he fires accidentally hits Petunia. She falls down on the steps of the staircase, where she drapes her right arm twice over the side. See more »

Quotes

Petunia Jackson: [after she runs Jim Henry and his crony off] Oh, Lord! Please forgive me for backsliding, but sometimes when you fight the Devil you've got to jab him with his own pitchfork!
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Connections

Referenced in Idlewild (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Honey in the Honeycomb
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by John La Touche
Performed by Lena Horne
also performed by Ethel Waters
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Something that all ages can yet relate to...
2 November 2005 | by hopeh33See all my reviews

I must admit, as a support to the Harlem Renaissance, I show this film to my students. No child has ever been left unaffected at seeing this film. What a wonderfully touching film. It addresses real issues of today in a yesterday atmosphere. The cinematography is somewhat lacking, but for the 1940s that is of no diminish to the beauty of this film. In addition, it is yet a marker to the contribution of the African American to the film industry and well worth the title of one of life's best kept African American secrets. The actors in the film also warrant acclaim for this. This all person-of-color film is so lovely, emotion filled and real, who would not want to spend their time evaluating its worth? As a 7th grade Language Arts instructor who is greatly proud of her heritage and the contributions my ancestors and friends have made, I am indeed proud of this cinematic star-studded glimpse of the past. And, I still cry every time I watch it today...


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