MIDNIGHT RAMBLE: BLACK FILM INDUSTRY
60 min., LVC, 1996
Focuses on African-American film producer Oscar Micheaux, and the race
necessitated by segregation of theaters. PBS production.
RACE MOVIES: THE POPULAR ART OF THE 1920'S
20 min., NAVC, 1985
Vintage footage is featured in this documentary on early African-
American film makers.
Details the unique aspects of films made by and for black audiences in
the 1920's, few
examples of which have survived.
Gary Handman wrote:
> 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;
> 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.
> 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
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> "You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is
> it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld