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The Black Network (1936)

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Brutus Johnson, owner of the Porter Pullman Shoe Polish Company, sponsors the Porter Pullman Shoe Polish Variety Program on the Black Network Broadcasting Co. Mezzanine Johnson, Brutus' ... See full summary »

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... Nina Mae McKinney
... The Nicholas Brothers
The Washboard Serenaders ... The Washboard Serenaders
Emmett 'Babe' Wallace ... Babe Wallace (as Babe Wallace)
Amanda Randolph ... Mezzanine Johnson
Bill 'Basement' Brown ... Brutus Johnson
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Brutus Johnson, owner of the Porter Pullman Shoe Polish Company, sponsors the Porter Pullman Shoe Polish Variety Program on the Black Network Broadcasting Co. Mezzanine Johnson, Brutus' controlling wife, has her own views of what she would like to happen on the show, she who believes has the right since it is her father who put up the money for the business. Mezzanine wants to take over the lead female singer spot from Nina Mae McKinney. This news does not sit well with Brutus, who still cannot control what his wife does. It also does not sit well with either Nina or Emmett 'Babe' Wallace, her male counterpart, the two who see themselves as a team and who learn the news through the grapevine. As the show continues and Mezzanine plots her take-over, Nina Mae and Babe have to figure out what to do to save their spots and to save the show. Nina Mae and Babe may get some unwitting help from The Nicholas Brothers, who plan to audition for the amateur segment of the show but who sell lucky ... Written by Huggo

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4 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #20: The Black Network  »

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Vitaphone production reels #1945-1946. See more »

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References Broadway Gondolier (1935) See more »

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Something Must Be Wrong with Me
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Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by Amanda Randolph
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Nina is The Greatest!
9 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Nina Mae McKinney, I have to say is the greatest, its ashame she's been forgotten, she was before Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge, but because she wouldn't kiss anyone's butt or play maids or stereotype roles she didn't last long in Hollywood, she was a tough woman. She did great in Hallelujah, the best first talkie all black musical. She does wonderful in this short, I went through hell finding and collecting these black short musicals of that 30s and 40s era but their worth it. This short film is great. Nina Mae looks beautiful and sings a great low-down song with scat. I have it and its beautiful, and I watch it over and over again, its great better over and over again, the whole cast Amanda Randolph and the WashBoard Serenaders. You'll love it, Turner Classic Movies may show it, but you have to catch it, because they have no schedule for shorts.


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