Musical / Comedy (1948) 73 minutes ~ Black & White
Dusty Fletcher plays a comic, tap dancer and bad magician. While practicing his routine for that evening’s variety show, he accidentally vanishes Lolo (Nellie Hill), the girlfriend of the show’s manager Baltimore Dumdone (George Wiltshire). She was wearing a thousand-dollar string of pearls and it seems most likely that criminality is a foot.
Dusty’s slapstick antics take up a large portion of the film’s first act, with some Keystone cop type schtick thrown in when four police officers (Fredie Robinson, William Campbell, Edgar Martin and Sidney Easton) begin chasing Dusty in and out of his disappearance-cabinet.
U.S. film. All-black musical cast. The Clark Brothers, Nat “King” Cole Trio (with Oscar Moore and Johnny Miller), Dusty “Open the Door, Richard” Fletcher, Andy Kirk and his Band, Moms Mabley, Butterfly McQueen, Beverly White and George Wiltshire. Songs include “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Breezy and the Bass,” “Don’t Sit on My Bed,” “I Believe,” “If I Didn’t Care,” “Now He Tells Me.” The only film record of Frankie Manning’s Congeroo Dancers; they dance faster than the speed of sound! Roots of rock and roll. Killer Diller!
Director: Josh Binney
Stars: Dusty Fletcher, George Wiltshire, Butterfly McQueen, Nellie Hill, Freddie Robinson, William Campbell, Edgar Martin, Sidney Easton, Augustus Smith, Moms Mabley, Ken Renard, The Clark Brothers, Nat ‘King’ Cole and The King Cole Trio, The Four Congaroos, Johnny Miller, Oscar Moore, Warren Patterson