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Produced by:
William Forest Crouch, American, 1904 - 1968  Search this
Subject of:
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Count Basie, American, 1904 - 1984  Search this
Dorothy Dandridge, American, 1922 - 1965  Search this
Francine Everett, American, 1915 - 1999  Search this
Mantan Moreland, American, 1902 - 1973  Search this
Day, Dawn, and Dusk, American, 1940 - 1960  Search this
Vanita Smythe, American, 1925 - 1994  Search this
Pat Flowers, American, 1917 - 2000  Search this
Dewey Brown  Search this
The Mills Brothers, American, 1928 - 1982  Search this
Ruby Hill, American, born 1922  Search this
Mable Lee, American, 1921 - 2019  Search this
The Jubalaires, American, c. 1940-1950  Search this
Owned by:
Ernie Smith, American, ca. 1925 - 2004  Search this
acetate film
Duration (digital file): 00:27:22
Physical extent (film): 1100 ft
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
A 16mm print of a film with the title Ebony Parade. It consists of a single reel of positive, black-and-white, 16mm acetate film with bilateral variable-area optical sound. The footage consists of a compilation of "Soundies," each beginning with an introduction by comedian Matan Moreland.
In the opening scene, Moreland appears on screen wearing a turban while sitting in front of a table that holds a crystal ball and a magazine. He looks directly into the camera and says, "Hello folks, this is Mantan Moreland your obedient servant bringing you the top movie entertainment of the year, from the Ebony Parade. Now I’ll tell you how I do this: I move my hand around the crystal ball just like this, wait a minute, I’ve got to look in here and see what’s going on.” He then holds up the magazine, which features dancer Mabel Lee on its front cover. As he speaks, Mabel Lee herself walks onstage and tells him that she will be doing the “Coalmine Boogie” with Pat Flowers and The Ebonettes. Matan Moreland then moves his hand over the crystal ball and repeats “Mable Lee, Pat Flowers and the Ebonettes” a few times. In the next scene, jazz pianist Pat Flowers can be seen playing a grand piano with a woman seated on top of it. The footage then quickly cuts to Mabel Lee and The Ebonnetes doing the "Coalmine Boogie."
The rest of the film continues with Matan Moreland periodically consulting his magazine and moving his hand over the crystal ball before introducing the next Soundie. Other acts in the film include Francine Everett, Dewey Brown and The Sepia Steppers performing “Toot That Trumpet,” Day Dawn and Dusk performing “Faust,” The Mills Brothers performing “Paper Doll," Vanita Smyth singing "They Raided the Joint,” Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing “The Skunk Song,” The Jubalaires performing “Brother Bill,” and Ruby Hill performing “Put Your Arms Around Me Honey." In the final performance, Count Basie and His Orchestra performs “Air Mail Special” as couples do the boogie woogie on a dance floor.
African American  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Conductors (Musicians)  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Film  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical films  Search this
Race films  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift in memory of Ernest (Ernie) R. Smith, Jazz Historian
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Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture