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Hi De Ho / The Duke is Tops (1934-1938)

Cast: Ralph Cooper, Cab Calloway, Ralph Cooper, more...
Director: Fred Waller, Fred Waller, William L. Nolte, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Whirlwind Media
Genre: Musicals, Classics
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The Duke is Tops (1938)
Also known as The Duke Is Tops, this is one of the best examples of the many all-black films made in the 1930s for what were then designated as "colored" theatres. Looking about 15 years old, Lena Horne plays the main attraction for the stage shows put on by a fellow named Duke (Ralph Cooper). When she gets a chance at a Broadway show, Lena swiftly severs all ties with Duke. But when Lena's big-time debut threatens to be a disaster, it is Duke who saves the day. The dialogue is for the birds, but The Duke Is Tops is aces when it comes to musical numbers. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Hi De Ho (1934)
Cab Calloway's Hi-Do-Ho is a ten-minute Paramount musical short from 1934. The short story involves jive-master jazz performer Cab Calloway as he travels by train on his way to the Cotton Club. Features performances with his full orchestra, including the famous call-and-response song of the title. This black-and-white short is contained on the Kino Video DVD Hollywood Rhythm Vol. 1 - The Best of Jazz and Blues, along with musical shorts featuring Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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