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Stormy Weather (1943)

Cast: Lena Horne, Lena Horne, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, more...
Director: Andrew L. Stone, Andrew L. Stone
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Classics, Musicals
Running Time: 77 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Built around the premise of a Big Stage Show, Stormy Weather affords rare "mainstream" leading roles to some of the era's greatest African-American entertainers Lena Horne, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Dooley Wilson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, and the Nicholas Brothers. The thinnish plotline -- dancer Robinson has an on-again-off-again romance with Horne -- is simply an excuse for lively, well-staged performances. Of the fourteen musical numbers, the most memorable is Lena Horne's rendition of the title song, artfully staged by director Andrew L. Stone. Keep an eye out for uncredited contributions by jazz greats Zutty Hamilton, Coleman Hawkins and Taps Miller. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

It's the no-names that really make it by sammymcwhammy March 27, 2006 - 4:08 PM PST
Okay, Lena Horne had the face to sell this thing, but the real action is with Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and some amazing dancers that go unnamed. Especially the insanely acrobatic climactic dance sequence to Cab Calloway's "Jumpin' Jive," in which two guys tap dance across table tops in a way you'll have to see to believe...

And how can you beat Fats Waller singing and mugging his was through his most famous song, "Ain't Misbehaving?"

Have your hand on the remote, you'll wanna skip past the good-natured but bland dialog, just as at the dance/song sequences you'll want to hit rewind again and again...

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