In The Pirate (1948) both Gene Kelly and Judy Garland fought to get The Nicholas Brothers (Fayard Nicholas and Harold Nicholas) included in the movie. They succeeded, but the Be a Clown sequence was cut by exhibitors in Memphis and other U.S. cities in the South because it included The Nicholas Brothers, who were black.
As a result of the racial bigotry in the South, The Nicholas Brothers were essentially blackballed. Fayard and Harold Nicholas moved to Europe and did not return until the mid-sixties making a comeback appearance on The Hollywood Palace (1964) hosted by Roy Rogers and Trigger.
Be A Clown From The Pirate- Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers