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That's Black Entertainment (1990)

This documentary presents clips from black films from 1929 through 1957. Musical performers include Paul Robeson (in Song of Freedom), Bessie Smith (St. Louis Blues), Eubie Blake and the ... See full summary »

Directors:

William Greaves, G. William Jones (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Billie Allen Billie Allen ... Herself (archive footage)
Albert Ammons Albert Ammons ... Himself (archive footage)
Louis Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
Eubie Blake Eubie Blake ... Himself (archive footage)
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Himself (archive footage)
Cab Calloway ... Himself (archive footage)
Nat 'King' Cole ... Himself (archive footage)
Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)
Dorothy Dandridge ... Herself (archive footage)
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Duke Ellington ... Himself (archive footage)
Francine Everett Francine Everett ... Herself (archive footage)
Stepin Fetchit ... Himself (archive footage)
William Greaves William Greaves ... Himself - Host
Alfred Hawkins Alfred Hawkins ... Himself (archive footage)
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This documentary presents clips from black films from 1929 through 1957. Musical performers include Paul Robeson (in Song of Freedom), Bessie Smith (St. Louis Blues), Eubie Blake and the Nicholas Brothers (Pie-Pie Blackbird), Lena Horne (Boogie Woogie Dream), Nat 'King' Cole (Killer Diller), Sammy Davis Jr. (Rufus Jones for President), Cab Calloway (Jitterbug Party), and Ethel Waters (Carib Gold). Dramatic excerpts include Murder in Harlem (1935), Juke Joint (1947), and Souls of Sin (1949). Also included are clips from white films stereotyping blacks, including Griffith's Birth of a Nation, and a blackfaced Bing Crosby in Crooner's Holiday (1934). Written by Robert Mandzi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

The Negro in Entertainment See more »

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Mono
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Compilation of lost African American Films
2 April 2001 | by fkuehnertSee all my reviews

This documentary directed by William Greaves was compiled from lost African American Films referred to as the Tyler Film Collection. Winner of a CINE Golden Eagle Award, it has been widely praised by Bill Cosby, The Urban League, The Associated Press, Good Morning America, etc.


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