Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

Video Cassette - 1991
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In this musical, Horne stars as rising club singer who has intermittent relationship with Robinson.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Fox Video, 1991, c1943.
ISBN: 9780793911684
0793911680
Characteristics: 1 videocassette (78 min.) : sd., b&w.
Additional Contributors: Horne, Lena
Robinson, Bill 1878-1949.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 14, 2016

VERY GOOD 1943 b/w film (with all black cast) celebrating life of dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson. 20 musical numbers in 77 minute film with lots of great dancing - might take up tap dancing to complement my bhangra zumba workouts.
The big stage production of title song "Stormy Weather" at end was particularly good.
Lots of great music/singing by Lena Horne and others - including Fats Waller and Cab Calloway.
And was happy to get introduced to dancer Katherine Dunham, "matriarch and queen mother of black dance" - [Joyce Aschenbenner, Katherine Dunham: Dancing a Life (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002)].

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Mayor_West
Aug 15, 2015

An often overlooked classic, Stormy Weather is an amazing piece of cinema history. In an era of segregated entertainment, Stormy Weather features an all black cast, and highlights the story of real life performer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Possibly because of its limited release it has unfortunately long flown under the radar of the "mainstream" viewing public. Featuring songs and dances from a supremely talented ensemble, including; Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, the amazing Nicholas Brothers (their dance moves truly need to be seen to be believed!), and of course, the beautiful and talented Lena Horne.

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rinaldoverde
Aug 06, 2015

The last film appearance of the great Bojangles (1942) will not disappoint. Lena Horne is her usual sparkling self, and added delights are Dooly Wilson (Casablanca) in a leading role along with the fantastic talents of Fats Waller, Cab Calloway the Katherine Dunham dancers and many more. 20 musical numbers by the greatest black artists of the day. Roughly (very roughly) based on the career of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, it would be important if only for its historical value, but it's super entertainment too, even after all these years.

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Derringer
Jan 28, 2015

This all-black, all-singing, all-dancing (well, sort of) 1943 Musical just barely managed to scrape by on the skin of its teeth with an average rating of 2.5 stars from me.

This was clearly an "all-black" motion picture made by "all-whites" who obviously figured that what was good enough for whites, was also good enough for blacks, as well. And with that the talents of the performers in this picture were seriously undermined.

You could easily tell that the actors/singers like Lena Horne were being squeezed into really stupid situations and forced to perform bloody awful covers of songs that clearly showed some very poor judgment on the part of the director.

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Isley
Jun 16, 2014

This one has a lot of great musical numbers that are unfortunately sandwiched between a pretty bland story. Also, Bill Robinson’s acting was pretty weak to me--and he was also a bit too old to really impress with his dancing).

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