2/19/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Stormy Weather- Featuring Katherine Dunham And Her Dance Troupe

Stormy Weather is a 1943 film musical produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an all African-American cast and serve to  showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time.dunhamstormy2

This was during an era when African-American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood musical productions (not much has changed). The all-star cast included Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, the Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown, Katherine Dunham and her dance troupe (look for a young Talley Beatty). Despite a running time of only 77 minutes, the film features some 20 musical numbers.

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