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1940-1949

Harlem Swings

1940's-50's musical all-black comedy shortsubjects, starring Ethel Waters, Stepin Fetchit,Dusty Fletcher, Louis Jordan, and others. 70 min.-424

Hi-De-Ho (1947)

Motion picture starring big band sensation CabCalloway (portraying himself). 63 min.

Holiday Inn (1944)

Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire,Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel. A song-and-dance manleaves show business and opens up a Connecticut inn with his formerpartner and is saved from financial disaster by the showmanship ofold friends. For entertainment at the Inn, Bing proposes aLincoln's Birthday tribute in blackface (featuring Bing Crosby andMarjorie Reynolds). 100 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Home of the Brave (1949)

Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Lloyd Bridges, James Edwards, Frank Lovejoy, Douglas Dick, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey. "Aparalyzed African-American war veteran Private Peter Moss (Edwards) begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film utilizes the recurrent theme of a diverse group of men being subjected to the horrorof war and their individual reactions, in this case, the hellof jungle combat against the Japanese in WW II.

Humoresque (1947)

Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish. A glamorous but alcoholic socialite, trapped in a marriage to an older man, finds herself falling in love with a young violinist (Garfield) from the Lower East Side whose performance she is underwriting. Lester Friedman, in his "Hollywood's Image of the Jew" (NY: Ungar, 1982), p. 36) calls the film the "quintessential ghetto film." 126 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Il Miracolo (The Miracle) (Italy, 1947)

Director: Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Anna Magnani. A homeless woman believes that a man she encounters on a hillside is Saint Joseph; he takes advantage of her. When she discovers she is pregnant, she knows it's a miracle. Other villagers mock her, and she has the baby alone, near a locked church, in the straw of a goat shed. Story by Federico Fellini, based on Valle-Inclán's novel "La flor de santidad". Segment of the anthology film L'amore.

In This Our Life (1942)

Directed by John Huston. Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia deHavilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Frank Craven, Billie Burke, Hattie McDaniel, Lee Patrick. Stanley Timberlake is a young woman who decides to dump her fiance and runs off with her sister Roy's husband. They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister Roy and old flame Craig have fallen in love and plan to marry.

Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: David Brian, Claude Jarman,Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, CharlesKemper, Will Geer. This film is considered one of the mostoutstanding films about racial tension. It tells the story of ablack man in a small Mississippi town who is accused of murdering awhite man known to be his adversary. He makes no attempt to defendhimself to avoid being lyunched, until a young white boy persuadeshis lawyer uncle to help find the real killer. Based on the novelby William Faulkner. 87 min.

Jazz Cocktails Hollywood rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 2.

In this collection of musical shorts some ofthe greatest names in jazz are presented in some oftheir earliest filmed performances. Featuring DukeEllington, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway,and Bing Crosby who bends the definition of jazz tocroon three ballads. Perhaps the gem of this filmhowever is Office Blues in which a pre-stardom,pre-Astaire Ginger Rogers cavorts in an Art Decoextravaganza.

John Henry and Inky Poo (1946)

In this George Pal Puppetoon (production number U5-6),John Henry (voice of Rex Ingram), legendary figure ofAmerican folklore, goes to work for the C.& O. Railroad,which, shortly thereafter, buys an automatic steel-drivingengine, called the Inky-Poo. John Henry matches hisstrength against the Inky-Poo, saying that any man can beata machine because a man has a mind. John Henry wins, butdrops at the finish, never to rise again. The choral musicbackground is by the Luvenia Nash Singers. ;

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