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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Race Films


“Race films” were low budget 1940s movies with all-black casts, meant for viewing by segregated audiences. R & B king Louis Jordan starred in a few of these, exceptional only for the moments when the dialogue stopped and the band took the stage. Here’s a sterling moment from the 1947 movie “Reet, Petite and Gone”.


Hollywood’s Attic looks like a good source of race movies available on video. It’s worth a visit for the reproductions of classic posters of all-black movies alone, including one for the cowboy star, the Bronze Buckaroo (who, I’m sure you will be interested to know, is one of the inductees of the National Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame ).