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Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music
A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians.


Leonard Anderson, Spencer Williams (co-director)


Powell Lindsay


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Complete credited cast:
Dizzy Gillespie ... Self
Freddie Carter Freddie Carter ... Master of Ceremonies
Sahji Sahji ... Self (Lead exotic dancer)
Helen Humes Helen Humes ... Self (Lead singer)
James Moody James Moody ... Self
Milt Jackson Milt Jackson ... Self (Xylophonist)
Ray Brown Ray Brown ... Self (Bass, Gillespie orchestra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Audrey Armstrong Audrey Armstrong ... Self
Dolores Brown Dolores Brown ... Self
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Self (Tap dancer)
Dan Burley Dan Burley ... Self
Dave Burns Dave Burns ... Self
Benny Carter Benny Carter ... Self
Kenny Hagood Kenny Hagood ... Self (as Pancho)
Henny Henny ... Self


A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians.

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Top stars in sensational musical variety revue!


Documentary | Music


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Entertaining Look at some Black Performers
7 December 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946)

*** (out of 4)

This film here, co-directed by Spencer Williams (uncredited), isn't the greatest thing that you'll ever see but it's certainly a very entertaining documentary of some of the black acts that one would have seen back in the day.

The documentary lasts just under a hour so it's perfect for a variety show type production. Throughout the running time we get some dancers, comedians, some singers and some terrific jazz music. The biggest draw here is that Dizzy Gillespie is on hand and this is a great treat and especially since there's not a great bit of footage of him performing. Other acts include James Moody, Helen Humes, exotic dancer Sahji, Burly-Taylor Duo among others.

If you're into race pictures from this era then obviously this here will be a must see. The production values aren't the greatest and the film isn't too flashy but I found the acts to be entertaining and the film very much worth watching.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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