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Sepia Cinderella (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 25 July 1947 (USA)
A struggling songwriter (Billy Daniels) abandons his girlfriend (Sheila Guyse) for a flashy woman (Tondeleyo) after landing a hit.

Director:

Arthur H. Leonard (as Arthur Leonard)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Daniels ... Bob (as Billy Daniel)
Sheila Guyse ... Barbara
Tondaleyo Tondaleyo ... Vivian
Ruble Blakey Ruble Blakey ... Barney
Jack Carter Jack Carter ... Ralph
Dusty Freeman Dusty Freeman ... Mooney
George Williams George Williams ... Sonny
Fred Gordon Fred Gordon ... Press Agent
Harold Norton Harold Norton ... Night Club Master of Ceremonies
Hilda Offley Hilda Offley ... Mama Keyes (as Hilda Offley Thompson)
Emory Richardson Emory Richardson ... Great Joseph
Percy Verwayen Percy Verwayen ... MacMillan
Al Young Al Young ... Chinaman
Deek Watson Deek Watson ... Deek Watson
John Kirby John Kirby ... Musical Group
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Storyline

The second in a series of films, produced by Jack Goldberg and Arthur Leonard, made primarily for the six hundred eighty-four theaters (in 1947) that catered exclusively to Black audiences that were kept out, or placed in a special balcony section, in most of the theaters in segregated America. The plot concerns a struggling band leader's rise to fame after overcoming many obstacles, including a bad-girl vs. good-girl situation. For reasons unknown, Freddie Bartholomew makes a guest-cameo appearnce at the night club, and was featured in the ads and posters for the film, but the producers were barking up an empty tree if they thought was that he would sell any extra tickets in any of the booking situations...black or white. Tondaleyo (the "bad girl") dances, and musical numbers feature Deek Watson and his Brown Dots, Walter Fuller's orchestra, John Kirby's band and Ruble Blakey, former soloist with Lionel Hampton. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Herald Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Freddie Bartholomew received a "guest star" credit. See more »

Soundtracks

Is It Right
Words and Music by Deek Watson and William "Pat" Best
Performed by Deek Watson and The Brown Dots
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Sepia Cinderella was a pretty entertaining "race movie" of the time period
14 February 2018 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is one of those "race movies" made during a time of segregation. The stars are Billy Daniels and Sheila Guyse-two beautiful singers who end up singing the same song separate and together simply called "Cinderella". There's another woman who's a club boss but that story is easily done with quick enough for other musical acts to perform in this little-more-than-an-hour picture. Also appearing is Freddie Bartholomew-a former child star appearing as an old friend of Daniels who does some jokes that I thought was funny. Nothing more to say except that Sepia Cinderella is worth a look for any one interested in this sort of thing.


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