|The Big Broadcast 1932 N/R, 80 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical / Romance
Director: Frank Tuttle
Cast: Stuart Erwin, Bing Crosby, Leila Hyams, Sharon Lynn, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Kate Smith, Mills Brothers, Cab Calloway, George Barbier, Irving Bacon, Ralph Robertson, Alex Melesh, Spec O'Donnell, Anna Chandler
This movie began a series of films projecting radio personalities onto the screen. The story involves Leslie McWhinney's (Stuart Erwin) effort to improve his radio station's financial situation. His solution is to host stars on a special broadcast. Young singer Bing Hornsby (Bing Crosby) croons several tunes, and Kate Smith, Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers, and others are also featured. Meanwhile, George Burns and Gracie Allen perform comic routines.
|The Blues Brothers 1980 R, 133 min.|
Genre: Action / Comedy / Musical
Director: John Landis
Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steven Spielberg, James(1) Brown, Henry Gibson, Frank Oz, Kathleen Freeman, Charles Napier, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi play Elwood and Jake Blues (of "Saturday Night Live" fame) who are reunited after Jake gets out of jail. They discover that the Catholic children's home where they grew up is in financial trouble and decide to get their band back together and put on a concert to raise money. In the process, they turn Chicago upside down.
|The Cincinnati Kid 1965 N/R, 102 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann - Margret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Joan Blondell, Rip Torn, Cab Calloway, Jeff Corey, Jack Weston, Theodore Marcuse, Milton Selzer, Karl Swenson, Emile Genest, Ron Soble
The Cincinnati Kid (Steve McQueen) is a top-notch poker player who is determined to challenge the titleholder, The Man (Edward G. Robinson), and take over as "King" of Stud Poker. The Shooter (Karl Malden) arranges the game, and he is the dealer. When Slade (Rip Torn) tries to fix the match, problems multiply in their marathon card game.
|International House 1933 N/R, 71 min.|
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Cast: Peggy Hopkins Joyce, W.C. Fields, Stuart Erwin, Sari Maritza, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bela Lugosi, Franklin Pangborn, Rudy Vallee, Sterling Holloway, Cab Calloway
A new invention–television–creates a stir as radio and stage personalities gather at International House to celebrate the introduction of the new phenomenon.
|The Littlest Angel 1969 TV, 80 min.|
Director: Joe Layton
Cast: Johnny Whitaker, Fred Gwynne, Cab Calloway, E.G. Marshall, John McGiver, Tony Randall, George Rose, Connie Stevens, James Coco, Mary Jo Catlett, Lu Leonard
Based on a story by Charles Tazewell Michael, a shepherd boy, Michael (Johnny Whitaker), arrives in Heaven on his eighth birthday. Patience (Fred Gwynne) is given the task of helping the boy adjust. A nice story about the meaning of giving at Christmas, as Michael must find a gift for God's baby boy, Jesus. Made for TV.
|Manhattan Merry-Go-Round 1937 N/R, 82 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy
Director: Charles Reisner
Cast: Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak, James Gleason, Luis Alberni, Smiley Burnette, Selmer Jackson, Moroni Olsen, Max Terhune, Gene Autry, Cab Calloway, Phil Regan, Tamara Geva, Henry Armetta, Joe DiMaggio, Neal Dodd
Italian mobster Tony Gordoni (Leo Carrillo) is the owner of the Associated Record Company, and he uses strong-arm methods to deal with performers who do not do his bidding. Tony forces singer Jerry Hart (Phil Regan) to use his charm on opera star Charlizzini (Tamara Geva) so that she will make a record for his company. Problems follow because Jerry is about to marry Ann Rogers (Ann Dvorak) who had convinced Tony to let Jerry record. But, by story's end, Jerry and Ann reunite, and all ends happily. There are plenty of songs and performers in this musical comedy. Songs include "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round."
|Sensations of 1945 1944 N/R, 86 min.|
Director: Andrew L. Stone
Cast: Eleanor Powell, Dennis O'Keefe, C. Aubrey Smith, Eugene Pallette, Mimi Forsythe, Lyle Talbot, Marie Blake, W.C. Fields, Sophie Tucker, Bert Roach, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman, David Lichine, Dorothy Donegan, Stanley Andrews
This is really a showcase for vaudeville acts, and there are some pretty good acts and musical numbers, which includes W.C. Fields' last film appearance. The plot involves conflicts between stunt crazy press agent Ginny Walker (Eleanor Powell) who competes with conservative Junior Crane (Dennis O'Keefe) who happens to be the son of the agency's owner, Gus Crane (Eugene Pallette).
|Stormy Weather 1943 N/R, 77 min.|
Director: Andrew L. Stone
Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson, Harold Nicholas, Fayard Nicholas, Robert Felder, Ernest Whitman, Nick Stewart, Johnny Lee, Emmett "Babe" Wallace
Romance is on again-off again for entertainers Selina Rogers (Lena Horne) and Bill Williamson (Bill Robinson) in this all-star musical featuring a cast of talented African American singers and dancers of the 1940s' era.
|1. The Big Broadcast (1932)|
2. The Blues Brothers (1980)
3. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
4. International House (1933)
5. The Littlest Angel (1969)
6. Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)
7. Sensations of 1945 (1944)
8. Stormy Weather (1943)
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