Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

Director: Andrew L. Stone Cast: Lena Horne, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fats Waller

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Overview

Built around the premise of a Big Stage Show, Stormy Weather affords rare "mainstream" leading roles to some of the era's greatest African-American entertainers Lena Horne, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Dooley Wilson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, and the Nicholas Brothers. The thinnish plotline -- dancer Robinson has an on-again-off-again romance with Horne -- is simply an excuse for lively, well-staged performances. Of the fourteen musical numbers, the most memorable is Lena Horne's rendition of the title song, artfully staged by director Andrew L. Stone. Keep an eye out for uncredited contributions by jazz greats Zutty Hamilton, Coleman Hawkins and Taps Miller.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
UPC: 0024543221838
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:17:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, Professor of Critical Studies, USC

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lena Horne Selina Rogers
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Bill Williamson
Fats Waller Himself
Dooley Wilson Gabe Tucker
Cab Calloway Himself
Katherine Dunham Herself
Nicholas Brothers Themselves
Ada Brown Herself
Tramp Band Themselves
Babe Wallace Chick Bailey
Ernest Whitman Jim Europe
Zuttie Singleton Zuttie
Mae Johnson Herself
Johnny Lee Lyles
Robert Felder Cab Calloway, Jr.
Nick Stewart Chauffeur
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Actor
F.E. Miller Miller
Coleman Hawkins Saxophonist

Technical Credits
Andrew L. Stone Director
William Le Baron Producer
James Basevi Art Director
James B. Clark Editor
Frederick J. Jackson Screenwriter
Ted Koehler Screenwriter
H.S. Kraft Screenwriter
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Clarence Robinson Choreography
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stormy Weather
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. Jim Europe's Band [2:23]
3. At the Ball [1:59]
4. Clem's Little Sister [5:27]
5. There's No Two Ways About Love [3:17]
6. Cakewalk/Camptown Races/At a Georgia Camp Meeting [:37]
7. Linda Brown/Dah, Dat, Dah [2:34]
8. That Ain't Right [2:56]
9. Ain't Misbehavin' [4:05]
10. Diga Diga Do [4:17]
11. African Dance [:53]
12. Gabriel the Angel [2:21]
13. I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City [3:17]
14. Nobody's Sweetheart [2:46]
15. The Shadracks [1:08]
16. He's No Angel [1:48]
17. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby [3:09]
18. Hollywood [2:36]
19. Geechy Joe [1:54]
20. Stormy Weather [2:57]
21. Stormy Weather Ballet [:53]
22. My My, Ain't That Somethin'/There's No Two Ways About Love (Reprise) [1:52]
23. The Jumpin' Jive [3:45]
24. My My, Ain't That Somethin' (Reprise) [4:04]

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Stormy Weather 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot of this story might be thin about the fictionalized life of Bill `Mr. Bojangles' Robinson, and his on again/off again romantic relationship with a love interest but I found it to be one of the single most exhilarating films I've ever seen. This all black film may not be a masterpiece in terms of its cinematic technique, but it captures more than a dozen performances, each of which can itself be termed a masterpiece. Horne rendition of “Stormy Weather” is singularly, powerfully erotic. Robinson is great and has several fantastic numbers (he's obviously getting old, but he still has a ton of energy). Many other great black performers grace the screen, among them Fats Waller Katherine Dunham, Ada Brown, and the Nicholas Brothers, who deliver a dance that equals anything either Astaire or Kelly accomplished. Dooley Wilson does not sing, but he has a very funny supporting role (the film delivers big time in laughs, including a very amusing blackface scene). As many hugely entertaining performances there are in the first three-quarters, the film shifts into high gear when Cab Calloway shows up. I absolutely love this guy, one of the weirdest and most original stylists that ever existed in America. But it's not just his appearance that ups the ante. The film has an amazing sense of pace, and it builds steadily to a musical finale which can only be described as orgasmic. It was thrilling to be able to see the talent actors and all the skills offered through their dancing and singing abilities. All of the dance numbers and costumes really represented the time period. The way the dancers moved were both creative and unique, especially indisputably impressive Nicholas Brothers. “Stormy Weather” is a testament to black art of the first half of the 20th Century, and the achievements must not be forgotten. Twentieth Century Fox really broke the mold with this movie in response to FDR's urging. It finally gave actors of color the chance to show off their tremendous talent also allowing them to have more of an equal role in society. Although there still were laws restricting the interaction between whites and blacks in films, it certainly brought them out the repetitive demeaning roles of slaves and servants. This may very well be the best place to go if you want to discover them.
Shykiss3 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this movie last week and I must say it was outstanding. What a cast! Lena Horne was at her best and the Nicholas brothers I can't even put together the words to describe how amazing they were. I really don't think anyone can duplicate their art. It is an all star cast with Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the infamous Bill Bojangles Robinson. It was funny and overall a great performance. The costumes were beautiful and this is definitely a movie to add to your collection. Loved it!
Clausius More than 1 year ago
stormy weather, Leena Horne american cinema classic of magic lantern in black and white film are masterful. Leenas curves and beauty, sexy young perspective, fresh comes boldly acknowledged in immediate view. A definite Brick House of her times.The sound of her voice in line with Cab Caqlloways big band orchestra in sync and heavenly. a sight for sore tired eyes and ears the way a woman shoulkd be!!!!