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Stormy Weather (1943)

Approved | | Musical | 17 November 1943 (Sweden)
The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.

Director:

Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

Writers:

Frederick J. Jackson (screen play) (as Frederick Jackson), Ted Koehler (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lena Horne ... Selina Rogers
Bill Robinson ... Bill Williamson
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ... Cab Calloway Orchestra (as Cab Calloway and His Band)
Katherine Dunham and Her Troupe Katherine Dunham and Her Troupe ... Dance Troupe
Fats Waller ... 'Fats' Waller
The Nicholas Brothers ... Dancers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Ada Brown ... Singer
Dooley Wilson ... Gabe Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cab Calloway ... Cab Calloway
Katherine Dunham Katherine Dunham ... Katherine Dunham
The Tramp Band The Tramp Band ... The Tramp Band
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Storyline

Dancing great Bill 'Williamson' sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? Concludes with a big all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1943 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tänzer auf den Stufen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Fats Waller. On December 15, 1943, less than five months after the film's July 21 opening in Manhattan, Waller, age 39, died of pneumonia on a train stopped at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Having fallen ill during an engagement at the Zanzibar Room in Hollywood, he had boarded the Santa Fe Chief in Los Angeles and was headed for New York City. See more »

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The first time Selena says "Bill Williamson" (in the first scene, before her character has met him) her mouth quite clearly says "Bill Robinson. Bill Robinson played Bill Williamson. See more »

Quotes

Bill Williamson: Clem never told me you could sing like that, Selina.
Selina Rogers: I couldn't when Clem went away... but I practiced, and I studied. I've always been ambitious. Haven't you, Bill?
Bill Williamson: Never have been, except to get three square meals a day, regular. But I'm beginning to see things different now.
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Connections

Referenced in Sanford and Son: A Visit from Lena Horne (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Linda Brown
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Alvis Cowens
Performed by Bill Robinson with The Tramp Band
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My Favorite Musical
9 July 2009 | by icet2004See all my reviews

The film is one of two major Hollywood musicals produced in 1943 with primarily African-American casts, the other being MGM's Cabin in the Sky, and is considered a time capsule showcasing some of the top African-American performers of the time, during an era when black actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, particularly of the musical genre. This movie is timeless.Fats Waller,Lena Horne,Bill Robison and Cab Calloway - stunning stars.Lena Horne(Celina)was a cute and beautiful in this,it is sad it's not a color movie because in color she is probably more beautiful.Songs "Stormy Weather" By Celina(Lena Horne)"Ain't Misbehavin" & "That ain't right" By Fats Waller are classics and the funny Bill Robison.I personally don't like Cab Calloway but he was talented too i guess.Lena Horne was same hot as Marilyn Monroe when was so young.Waller is my favorite.


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