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Directed by:
Andrew L. Stone, American, 1902 - 1999  Search this
Subject of:
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American, 1878 - 1949  Search this
Lena Horne, American, 1917 - 2010  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Fats Waller, American, 1904 - 1943  Search this
Katherine Dunham, American, 1909 - 2006  Search this
Nicholas Brothers, American  Search this
Ada Brown, American, 1890 - 1950  Search this
Dooley Wilson, American, 1886 - 1953  Search this
Owned by:
D.C. Public Library, American, founded 1896  Search this
acetate film
Duration (Reel 1): 36 Minutes
Length (Film): 1275 Feet
Duration (Reel 2): 38 Minutes
Length (Film): 1350 Feet
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Stormy Weather is a 1943 musical starring, and loosly based on the life and career of, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Lena Horne and Cab Calloway also appear in the film, contributing to its popularity amongst music lovers both at the time of its release, as well as today. Stylized to showcase the life and talent of Robinson as Bill 'Corky' Williamson, the plot focuses on his rise to fame and the interpersonal relationships that would prove to remain significant over the course of his career. Stormy Weather was Robinson's last film before his death in 1949.
This film was a part of the Washington D.C. Public Library's circulating 16mm film collection housed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Central Library. The collection is particularly noted for the wide variety of African American and African diaspora content.
A musical film with the title Stormy Weather. It consists of two (2) reels of black-and-white 16mm acetate film with optical sound.
The film, which has an all-black cast, chronicles the relationship between a dancer, Bill Robinson (as himself), and a singer Selina Rogers (Lena Horne) through a series of flashbacks. It opens with Bill Robinson dancing with a group of children on a verandah, when a young girl presents him with a magazine with a photograph of him on the front cover and a note addressed to him by Noble Sizzle. In response to the children's questions, Bill begins to recall his experience after returning from World War I and meeting Selina. Several performers appear throughout the film including Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, The Nicholas Brothers, F.E. Miller, Ada Brown, and Katherine Dunham. Close to the end of the film, Selina performs the eponymous song, “Stormy Weather," to music conducted by Cab Calloway and a dance performance by Katherine Dunham and her dance troupe.
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Dance  Search this
Film  Search this
Hollywood (Film)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Music  Search this
Musical films  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Tap dancing  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Collection title:
DC Public Library Film Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture