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Hi De Ho (1947)

PG | | Musical | 9 May 1947 (USA)
Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Ends with a series of musical numbers.

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Josh Binney

Writer:

Hal Seeger
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cab Calloway ... Cab Calloway
Ida James Ida James ... Nettie
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Minnie
William Campbell William Campbell ... Sparks
Virginia Girvin Virginia Girvin ... Sparks' Girl Friend
George Wiltshire George Wiltshire ... Boss Mason
James Dunmore James Dunmore ... Mo the Mouse
Augustus Smith Augustus Smith ... Preacher
Edgar Martin Edgar Martin ... Jive Club Owner
Leonard Rogers Leonard Rogers ... Ralph
David Bethea David Bethea ... Brass Hat Club Owner
Shepard Roberts Shepard Roberts ... Police Sergeant
Frederick Johnson Frederick Johnson ... Headwaiter
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Storyline

Bandleader Cab Calloway is tiring of his sexy girlfriend Minnie, who in turn is jealous of Cab's manager Nettie. When Nettie gets Cab a job at the Brass Hat Club, Minnie retaliates for his imagined infidelity by setting gangster Boss Mason, owner of a rival club, against him. Will she regret her action before it's too late? (This plot resolves halfway through the film; the rest is a series of 'soundies' featuring the Calloway band's inimitable jive). All-black cast. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

All-American See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Cab takes the wounded Minnie back into his room, the furniture has changed position - the bed is now away from the wall and in the middle of the room, and the chair is in the corner of the room where the bed used to be. See more »

Connections

Edited into Open the Door Richard (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

MEDLEY
Played by the Calloway Orchestra
Danced by The Miller Brothers and Lois
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Decent All Black Picture
13 June 2014 | by arfdawg-1See all my reviews

THere are actually 3 different Cab Calloway movies made named Hi De Ho from 1934 to 1947.

All black casts.

It is surprising that these all black movies, depicting blacks as entertainers and professionals, not gangsters or criminals didn't provide a suitable role model to lift the black culture up.

The movie has the slimmest of plots and the exposition just serves as breaks between Cab's musical numbers.

Those are the only good part of the film, although it is a curious piece.

The Plot.

Bandleader Cab Calloway is tiring of his sexy girlfriend Minnie, who in turn is jealous of Cab's manager Nettie.

When Nettie gets Cab a job at the Brass Hat Club, Minnie retaliates for his imagined infidelity by setting gangster Boss Mason, owner of a rival club, against him.

Will she regret her action before it's too late?

(This plot resolves halfway through the film; the rest is a series of 'soundies' featuring the Calloway band's inimitable jive).

All-black cast.


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