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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
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Sepia Cinderella was a pretty entertaining "race movie" of the time period
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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