Down in Hades, Satan and an audience of devils enjoy band music, a singing trio and a pair of dancers.


Milton Schwarzwald


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Cast overview:
Gus Van Gus Van ... Satan
Erskine Hawkins Erskine Hawkins ... Band Leader (as Erskine Hawkins and Band)
Toy Toy ... Dancer (as Toy and Wing)
Wing Wing ... Dancer (as Toy and Wing)
The Three Kays The Three Kays ... Singers
Moya Engele Moya Engele ... Singer


Down in Hades, Satan and an audience of devils enjoy band music, a singing trio and a pair of dancers.

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singing | hades | devil | dancer | band | See All (21) »


Short | Comedy | Musical







Release Date:

22 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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Nu-Atlas Productions See more »
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All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm
Vocals by Gus Van
Performed by Erskine Hawkins and Band
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A Devil from Brooklyn with a Southern Accent
22 February 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Gus Van stars in this one as the Devil and sings a medley of "Old Rockin' Chair" and "All God's Children Got Rhythm". That at the end. Earlier, he and a panel of devils are entertained by some novelty acts and a good band, all performing to some fairly hot music. The best act is Toy & Wing, a pair of acrobatic Chinese dancers.

At averages good, although some of the parts are a bit bizarre, including Mr. Van, who had been one half of a Broadway comedy pair a decade earlier and who had not aged well. He was a Brooklyn boy who uses a Kentucky Colonel accent and demeanor here.

Although this film was distributed by RKO, it was independently produced. I believe that, given the non-white talent it was intended as a film for urban markets that managed to get some wider exposure. It is certainly competently shot and edited.

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