CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK (1930 US) D: MELVILLE BROWN W: BERT KALMAR/HARRY RUBY P: WILLIAM LaBARON
(White) Freeman F. Gosden and Charles J. Correll created the blackface comedy duo Amos 'n' Andy for vaudeville back in 1919. They took the characters to radio, where they were immensely popular (despite protests from minority groups) from 1928 to 1960. They even helped produce the 1951-53 tv show (in syndication in some markets until 1966!), but that starred real black people (Alvin Childress, and Spencer Williams of BLOOD OF JESUS (1941) fame). This was their sole feature (which they reportedly hated). The plot involves their former employer's son (Charles Morton) coming to New York from Georgia, and falling for childhood sweetheart Sue Carol (Ralf Harolde is the scoundrel planning to wed her). He needs to find some property deed hidden in a "haunted house", coincidentally the same place that Amos 'n' Andy have to stay the night in (something to do with their Mystic Knights Of The Sea lodge meeting). If you can put aside the obvious problems, the duo are likeable, but never very funny here. The best part is when Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra (including trumpeter Cootie Williams) are seen playing a party. Another black vocal trio lip synch hit song Three Little Words, actually sang by the white Rhythm Boys (including Bing Crosby). Apart from these exceptions, all other blacks are clearly Caucasians in make-up (including Russ Powell as Kingfish, and stuttering Roscoe Ates). A hit for RKO in its day, it's not really worth rediscovering, a curiosity for historians at best. With Irene Rich, Edward Martindel, Rita La Roy and Robert Homans. Gosden and Carroll reprised their roles for a cameo in THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1936 (1936), and provided voices for an animated Amos 'n' Andy in the shorts THE RASSLIN' MATCH and THE LION TAMER in 1934. AMOS & ANDREW (1993) is unrelated.

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