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Hi De Ho (1937)

Approved | | Musical, Short | 20 February 1937 (USA)
Young Cab Calloway's mother is concerned, because Cab spends his days listening to the radio, pretending to lead a miniature orchestra. A deacon passing by the apartment hears him singing ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ... Themselves (as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)
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Young Cab Calloway's mother is concerned, because Cab spends his days listening to the radio, pretending to lead a miniature orchestra. A deacon passing by the apartment hears him singing and advises him go to his wife's gypsy tea room. As she reads the tea leaves, she sees situations which lead to Cab and his orchestra performing musical numbers. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Melody Masters (1936-1937 season) #10: Hi De Ho  »

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Vitaphone production reel #2078. See more »

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Cab Calloway: [singing] Hi de hi de hi de hi!
Cab Calloway's Orchestra, Themselves: Hi de hi de hi de hi!
Cab Calloway: Wo-Woooo-Ooo-Ooo!
Cab Calloway's Orchestra, Themselves: Wo-Woooo-Ooo-Ooo!
Cab Calloway: Now Brother Jones lived in sin, He just couldn't stop drinking his gin, He heeded my miracle plan. Now he brings his gin to me, And I get drunk instead, you see, I'm the hi-de-ho miracle man!
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Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Played by Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra offscreen and
Sung by Cab Calloway in his apartment
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It's Cab! Hooray!
19 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've always been a big Cab Calloway fan, so naturally I had to go see this short. I was not disappointed. We get plenty of vocals from Mister Hi-De-Ho himself, and we even get to see the band featured on "Some of These Days". The plot is a bit hokey, but then again, who cares? It's not about the plot, it's about the music, and the music is terrific! We get to hear Cab's vocal hysterics on "I've Got a Right to Sing" the blues and "Frisco Flo". We also get to hear "Hi De Ho Miracle Man", which is one of the many songs written to capitalize on the success of "Minnie the Moocher" and its call-and-response section. All in all, it's immensely enjoyable and immensely entertaining.


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