The Vanities (1946)

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Joesfred Portee Joesfred Portee ... Singer
Charles Keith Charles Keith ... (comedian, impersonates Bette Davis)
Audrey Armstrong Audrey Armstrong ... Little Audrey
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Largely Unknown African American Cult Film from the 1940's
22 November 1999 | by IboChildSee all my reviews

This film, which is part of the "Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection" housed at Southern Methodist University is an absolute riot. It features three different performers (an actor/comedian, a singer and a dancer) in short performances. Of the three, the singer is the only one that is "good" in a conventional sense. The mannered and androgynous actor who starts the film is hilarious. The dancer, who looks like they got her out of a local burlesque house is a sight to behold. Anyone interested in post-war films made specifically for Black audiences should check out this one! It was produced by pioneering African-American producer William D. Alexander, who bridged the gap between Oscar Micheaux (and other producers of early sound Black films) and the Black filmmakers who arrived in the 1960's (e.g., Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles).


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