Stormy Weather (1943)

ANDREW L. STONE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1943.  .  Story by , , Screenplay by , , adaptation by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The best African-American entertainers in the business are gathered up for this fantastic song-and-dance spectacle, a thorough delight from beginning to end. The scanty story revolves around  and his recounting to some neighbourhood children the various experiences of his career, particularly in regards to his romance with a gorgeous singer (). The story is just an excuse for the songs, but what songs! Horne is fantastic, plus there’s a killer rendition of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” performed by .  The ending, featuring the stylings of  and the awe-inspiring dancing of , is a total showstopper. Musical lovers will be in heaven.

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