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Killer Diller (1948)

| Comedy, Drama, Music
An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

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Complete credited cast:
Dusty Fletcher ... Dusty (as Dusty 'Open the Door Richard' Fletcher)
George Wiltshire ... Dumdone, the Manager
... Butterfly
Nellie Hill ... Lola, His Fianée
Freddie Robinson ... Sarge
William Campbell ... Policeman
Edgar Martin ... Policeman
Sidney Easton ... Policeman (as Sid Easton)
Augustus Smith ... Stage Hand (as Gus Smith)
... Herself (as Jackie Mabley)
... The Great Voodoo
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Andy Kirk and His Orchestra ... Themselves
James Clark ... Himself (as The Clark Brothers)
Steve Clark ... Himself (as The Clark Brothers)
... Himself (as King Cole Trio)
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An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

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Featured in That's Black Entertainment: Comedians (2002) See more »

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Ain't Misbehavin'
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Sung by ? Jackson and danced by Warren Patterson (as Patterson and Jackson)
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Curio from the All Black Closet
27 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Very interesting movie made when there were all black films made exclusively for all black theatres in the 40s. The films featured popular black acts of the day.

The director of this movie also directed a number of all black movies including Hi De Ho, which is a classic.

The story is thin, but the action keeps moving forward at a good pace. Most notable is a young Mom Mabley (actually in her 50s with teeth!) and Nat King Cole, as well as Butterfly McQueen.

Parenthetically, the Wiki listing of Mom's Mabley is very confusing. It says she came out as a lesbian in 1921 at aged 27, which is not only hard to believe, but also doesn't explain how she had a bunch of kids and grand kids.

It's not a great movie, but is worth watching as a way to remember how things were in the past during segregation when producers found a profitable market with all black audiences. Interestingly, some of the action might be considered racist or stereotyped today, but one must remember that these acts played this way for black audiences and these movies were not even seen by whites until recent years when the movies were release on DVD!


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