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Big Timers (1945)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 1945 (USA)
A wealthy young society man is dating a beautiful young woman who he believes is also in his "class" because of her beautiful, classically trained singing voice.


Bud Pollard




Complete credited cast:
Stepin Fetchit ... Porter / Specialty Act
Francine Everett Francine Everett ... Betty Washburn / Specialty Act
Lou Swarz Lou Swarz ... Cora Washburn
Gertrude Saunders Gertrude Saunders ... Mabel Page / Specialty Act
Ed Hunter Ed Hunter ... Mr. Powers
Duke Williams Duke Williams ... Tom Powers
Elveta Hunter Elveta Hunter ... Mrs. Powers
Milton Woods Milton Woods ... Hotel Manager
Walter Earle Walter Earle ... Theater Manager
Rocky Brown Rocky Brown ... Specialty Act
Skylight Skylight ... Specialty Act
Tarzana Tarzana ... Specialty Act
The All American Girl Band The All American Girl Band ... Specialty Act


A wealthy young society man is dating a beautiful young woman who he believes is also in his "class" because of her beautiful, classically trained singing voice. In actuality, she is the daughter of a poor hotel maid, and in order to keep the boyfriend from finding out just how poor the family is, the mother manages to get a fancy room in the hotel to try to convince him that her daughter is "good enough" for him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Short | Comedy | Musical


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Big Timers is pretty entertaining despite Stepin Fetchit's antics
9 February 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Continuing my reviews of people of color in films in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now at 1945 when the All-American News company made this musical short for the segregated audiences of the time. There is something of a plot in which Betty Washburn (Francine Everett) finds out her fiancé Tom Powers (Duke Williams) is coming to the hotel to meet his parents and ask her to marry him. Trouble is, Betty didn't tell him she's poor as opposed to rich since he's loaded. So her domestic mother Cora (Lou Swarz) takes some clothes of her employer Mabel Page (Gertrude Saunders)-who's out of town-and passes herself as her. Then Ms. Page arrives...One cast member I haven't mentioned yet is Stepin Fetchit who's top-billed here and plays Porter. His usual slow-witted antics aren't very funny here but the director involves him in some visual slapstick that livens some of the proceedings. He's also one of the acts when he rambles some lines while music by The All-American Girl Band plays and a short person bothers him. Again, not funny. More entertaining-besides the band I mentioned-are Ms. Washburn's and Ms. Saunders' warbling, a tap dancer who jumps on the piano, and an animal-costumed dancer named Tarzana. So on that note, Big Timers is worth a look.

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1945 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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