Bessie Smith and Friends Movie Review 1986

Information and Film Reviews for Bessie Smith and Friends the Movie

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Three jazz shorts are presented on this tape: "St. Louis Blues" (1929), the only film appearance of blues singer Bessie Smith; "Bye Bye Blackbird" (1932), starring Nina Mae McKinney and the dancing Nicholas Brothers with Eubie Blake and His Orchestra; and "Boogie Woogie Dream" (1941), featuring a youthful Lena Horne, boogie woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, and Teddy Wilson's Band.


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Available on VHS
Running time 39 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Music--Performance, Music--Jazz
Bessie Smith, Eubie Blake, Nina Mae McKinney, Lena Horne, Teddy Wilson, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson
Vitaphone Corporation, Soundies Corporation

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