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Barber Shop Blues (1933)

An elderly barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and uses the winnings to elaborately remodel his run-down shop. For in-house entertainment he hires his musician friends as the jazz orchestra and the four shoeshiners are skilled tap dancers.

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Joseph Henabery
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Hopkins Claude Hopkins ... Orchestra Leader
Claude Hopkins & Orchestra Claude Hopkins & Orchestra ... Barber Shop Orchestra
Orlando Roberson Orlando Roberson ... Singer
The Four Step Brothers The Four Step Brothers ... Tap Dancers
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Storyline

A barber shop owner wins a sweepstake. He remodels his shop and hires Claude Hopkins and his orchestra to play for his customers. Two songs are sung, and the Four Step Brothers tap dance in the closing number. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1933-1934 season) #2: Barber Shop Blues See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #1551. See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Performed as "Barber Shop Blues" by an uncredited male chorus with Claude Hopkins & Orchestra
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It has the Nicholas Brothers....'nuff said!
9 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Nicholas Brothers were likely the best dancing team in history. Even Fred Astaire praised them for their insanely athletic and incredible dancing in "Stormy Weather", saying "this dance number was the greatest movie musical sequence I had ever seen". Because of their tremendous talent, I try to see them whenever I can...and that's more than enough reason to see "Barber Shop Blues"...even if they aren't in the film very long.

The plot is simple. It begins in a humble barber shop and when the owner wins the lottery, he turns the place into a giant barbershop night club instead of on hookers and liquor (misplaced priorities if you ask me). What follows are the Nicholas Brother dancing and the Claude Hopkins Orchestra playing a VERY lively jazz song. All in all, a lot of fun!


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