Re: Looking for Black Musical

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Mon, 12 Mar 2001 12:49:44 -0800 (PST)

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Sure, Sue:

Howz bout:

Bessie Smith and Friends.
Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas
Brothers, Eubie Blake,
Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min.

Black Artists of the Silver Screen. volume 1, Music and Comedy Masters
Contents: Blues and boogie / Maxine Sullivan, Nat King
Cole -- Murder in
swingtime / Les Hite & Orchestra -- Ain't misbehavin' /
Fats Waller, Louis
Armstrong -- Bubbling over / Ethel Waters -- Boogie
woogie dream / Lena
Horne -- Caledonia / Louis Jordan. 80 min.

Black Jazz & Blues.
All-black musical shorts from 1929-1945, starring Duke
Ellington, Fletcher
Henderson, Billie Holliday, Louis Jordan, Bessie Smith,
James P. Johnson,
and others. 44 min. Video/C 1846

Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical
Shorts;
3)
Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A
Rhapsody of
Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935);
Those Blues - Vincent
Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington
(1930); A
Bundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933);
Jitterbug Party -
Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930);
St. Louis Blues
- Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby
(1933). Eight mini
musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends
of jazz and blues
from the early years of sound film production. Bessie
Smith stars in her only
film, the once-notorious musical St. Louis Blues.
Tennaged Billie Holiday
performs with Duke Ellington's orchestra while another
piece, Bundle of
Blues, spotlights Ellington's favorite band singer,
Ivie Anderson. And,
months before her Broadway debut, a girlish Ethel
Merman defends her life
before a judge in Her Future. 85 min.

Harlem Harmonies.
Musical shorts, including Erskine Hawkins, Dorothy
Dandridge, Nobel
Sissle, Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Louis Jordan,
Lena Horne, Nat
"King" Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne,
Cab Calloway,
Fats Waller, and others. Contents vol1: 1. Harlem hot
shots (1940) -- 2.
Bip bam boogie -- 3. Red hot heat. -- 4. Hot in the
groove (1942) -- 5. No,
no baby (1945) -- 6. Everybody's jumpin' now (1944) --
7. Lonesome road
(1941) -- 8. Swingin' in the groove (1945) -- 9. Jungle
jig (1941). Contents
vol 2: Contents: 1. Hot Chocolate (1945) -- 2. Let's
scuffle (1942) -- 3.
Jive talk dictionary (1942) -- 4. I want to talk about
you (1944) -- 5.
Unlucky woman (1941) -- 6. You rascal you (1942) -- 7.
Caldonia (1945)
-- 8. Honeysuckle Rose (1941) -- 9. Errand boy for
rhythm (1946) -- 10.
Take me back baby -- 11. Breakfast in rhythm (1943) 35
min. Video/C
1991 (vol 1) & 30 min. Video/C 1992 (vol 2)

All available from FACETS and the other usual suspects.

Gary

At 11:16 AM 03/12/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>I am looking for a video/film that contains footage from the Blake & Sissle
>musical "Shuffle Along" -- I have found sound recordings, but am unable to
>find out if there was any film shot of this musical.
>
>If not, can anyone recommend an existing film/video that is similar, in
>period and style?
>
>Sue Davis-DeHut
>
>
>
>Susan Davis-DeHut
>Director, Educ. Media Services
>Linfield College
>900 SE Baker Street
>McMinnville, OR 97128

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu

"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld

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Sure, Sue:

Howz bout:

Bessie Smith and Friends.
                   Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas Brothers, Eubie Blake,
                   Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min.

Black Artists of the Silver Screen. volume 1, Music and Comedy Masters
                   Contents: Blues and boogie / Maxine Sullivan, Nat King Cole -- Murder in
                   swingtime / Les Hite & Orchestra -- Ain't misbehavin' / Fats Waller, Louis
                   Armstrong -- Bubbling over / Ethel Waters -- Boogie woogie dream / Lena
                   Horne -- Caledonia / Louis Jordan. 80 min.

Black Jazz & Blues.
                   All-black musical shorts from 1929-1945, starring Duke Ellington, Fletcher
                   Henderson, Billie Holliday, Louis Jordan, Bessie Smith, James P. Johnson,
                   and others. 44 min. Video/C 1846

              Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts;
              3)
                   Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of
                   Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935); Those Blues - Vincent
                   Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington (1930); A
                   Bundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933); Jitterbug Party -
                   Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930); St. Louis Blues
                   - Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby (1933). Eight mini
                   musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends of jazz and blues
                   from the early years of sound film production. Bessie Smith stars in her only
                   film, the once-notorious musical St. Louis Blues. Tennaged Billie Holiday
                   performs with Duke Ellington's orchestra while another piece, Bundle of
                   Blues, spotlights Ellington's favorite band singer, Ivie Anderson. And,
                   months before her Broadway debut, a girlish Ethel Merman defends her life
                   before a judge in Her Future. 85 min.

Harlem Harmonies.
                   Musical shorts, including Erskine Hawkins, Dorothy Dandridge, Nobel
                   Sissle,
Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Louis Jordan, Lena Horne, Nat
                   "King" Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway,
                   Fats Waller, and others. Contents vol1: 1. Harlem hot shots (1940) -- 2.
                   Bip bam boogie -- 3. Red hot heat. -- 4. Hot in the groove (1942) -- 5. No,
                   no baby (1945) -- 6. Everybody's jumpin' now (1944) -- 7. Lonesome road
                   (1941) -- 8. Swingin' in the groove (1945) -- 9. Jungle jig (1941). Contents
                   vol 2: Contents: 1. Hot Chocolate (1945) -- 2. Let's scuffle (1942) -- 3.
                   Jive talk dictionary (1942) -- 4. I want to talk about you (1944) -- 5.
                   Unlucky woman (1941) -- 6. You rascal you (1942) -- 7. Caldonia (1945)
                   -- 8. Honeysuckle Rose (1941) -- 9. Errand boy for rhythm (1946) -- 10.
                   Take me back baby -- 11. Breakfast in rhythm (1943) 35 min. Video/C
                   1991 (vol 1) & 30 min. Video/C 1992 (vol 2)

All available from FACETS and the other usual suspects.

Gary







At 11:16 AM 03/12/2001 -0800, you wrote:

I am looking for a video/film that contains footage from the Blake & Sissle
musical "Shuffle Along" -- I have found sound recordings, but am unable to
find out if there was any film shot of this musical.

If not, can anyone recommend an existing film/video that is similar, in
period and style?

Sue Davis-DeHut



Susan Davis-DeHut
Director, Educ. Media Services
Linfield College
900 SE Baker Street
McMinnville, OR  97128

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu

"You are looking into the mind of home video.  It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld

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