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That's black entertainment [videorecording]

That's black entertainment [videorecording]


Additional Authors
  • Greaves, William.
  • Nicholas, Fayard
  • Nicholas, Harold
  • Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990.
  • Holder, Geoffrey, 1930-2014
  • Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937.
  • Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983.
  • Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976.
  • Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994.
  • Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965.
  • Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977.
  • Nicholas Brothers.
1 videocassette. 58 min. : sd. color and b&w NTSC.; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Documentary on films produced by the underground black theater industry of the 1930s and 1940s, most of them featuring all-black casts and targeted at black audiences across the nation. Topics discussed include positive and negative black images in these films, appearances by notable black performers (among them Bessie Smith, Paul Robeson, Eubie Blake, Stepin Fetchit, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, and Ethel Waters), popular themes, and the presence of blacks in news reports, illustrated by excerpts from many b&w films. Dance excerpts include: the Nicholas Brothers in Pie-pie blackbird (1932); a caricatured African dance in the animated cartoon Jungle jitters (1938); Sammy Davis, Jr. as a child performer in Rufus Jones for President (1933); and Geoffrey Holder as the voodoo priest in Carib gold (1957).
  • Produced by Skyline Entertainment. Producers: Fred T. Kuehnert and G. William Jones. Executive producers: Norm Revis, Jr. and David W. Arpin. Director/host: William Greaves. Writer/co-director: G. William Jones. Director of photography: David W. Jones. Distributed as a videotape by Video Communications, Inc.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1551
  • 21096403
  • NYPY936036121-F
That's black entertainment [videorecording]
Local Subject
Television. That's black entertainment.
Local Subject
Race and dance.
Tap dancing.
Animation (Cinematography)
Added Author
Greaves, William. Director. Host
Nicholas, Fayard, dancer.
Nicholas, Harold, dancer.
Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990. Performer
Holder, Geoffrey, 1930-2014, performer.
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937. Performer
Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. Performer
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976. Singer
Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994. Performer
Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965. Musician
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977. Performer
Nicholas Brothers.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1551
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