Stormy Weather 
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A veteran jazz musician looks back at his life, the flashbacks providing the excuse for the top-notch musical talents of the day to show what they could do. Includes 'Stormy Weather', 'Jumpin Jive' and 'Ain't Misbehaving', performed by the likes of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Lena Horne and Mae Johnson.
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However, you need to brace yourself for the shocking reminder that this was apartheid America. It is one of the only Hollywood productions with an entirely black cast, possibly made to encourage African American support for the war effort as it featured black soldiers going off to war, but in the Hollywood fashion that prevailed at the time all the characters, except Lena, are portrayed as irresponsible, though loveable, clowns. Strangely, Lena, who takes the female lead is no blacker than my cousin Clara back from two weeks on the Costas, but at the time of the film release in 1943 many of the Southern States had strict segregation laws and Lena was deemed to be legally black. She committed the ultimate sin in 1947 of getting married, in Paris, to a white man, Lennie Hayton (a number of Southern States did not recognise inter-racial marriages) and for that, together with her active support of the Civil Rights Movement, Hollywood dropped her like a hot potato. That was very sad because, for me, she ranks with Ella as one of the greatest female ballad singers of all time, with range, pitch and expression that few could match; and she could dance and act as well.
Superb film - more a revue type show.