AfriGeneas at the Movies
Spotlight: Boarding House Blues (1948)
Boarding House Blues (1948)
Directed by Josh Binney
Lead role--Jackie "Moms" Mabley
Tenants of a boarding house run by "Moms" is about to be closed down. They decide to put on a show to raise money to save their home.
A little cheesy by today's standards but a view into vaudeville acts of the time.
Catch "Moms" throwing a few one liners, a stand-up routine and a tap dance.
You can also see
Una Mae Carlisle, the popular jazz singer whose career spanned from the 30's until the 50's. She retired in 1954 due to illness and passed away in 1956. She can be heard here--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjiHvwmUQQc
Henry "Crip" Heard, a disabled dancer. He had one arm and one leg but did not let that stop him from performing.
Plus other cast members performing songs, comedy or dance routines