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Boarding House Blues

Starring: "Moms" Mabley Director: Josh Binney
This hilarious all-black cast-comedy features comedian Moms Mabley and a runaway ape.
Boarding House Blues
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

"Moms" Mabley oversees a boarding house of down-'n-out vaudevillians who put on a show to raise the money for the rent. "Moms" and little tramp Dusty Fletcher play host to the boarding house's zany tenants.

Almost exclusively performed by an all-black cast, Boarding House Blues was made for an African-American audience and as a result, possesses a tone and spirit radically different than most films of the '40s. Still fresh and unapologetically unrefined, Boarding House Blues is an unusual musical comedy revue featuring show-stopping performances from alluring singer pianist Una Mae Carlisle, rapscallions Stump and Stumpy and the legendary "Crip" Heard-a dancer with only one leg and one arm.

Born Loretta Mary Aiken in 1894, Jackie Mabley, better known as "Moms," made a career of spinning hardship into comic gold. With her pioneering comedic forays into race relations, feminist and lesbian issues, "Moms" Mabley is best remembered for nine classic comedy albums recorded for Chess Records and her appearance in the feature film Amazing Grace (1974).

Features performances by Lucky Millinder and His Band, Una Mae Carlisle, The Berry Brothers, Bull Moose Jackson, Lewis and White, Anistine Allen, Paul Breckenridge, Stump and Stumpy, The Lee Norman Trio and "Crip" Heard.

Product Description:

Set in Harlem, BOARDING HOUSE BLUES is a wickedly funny comedy that follows the fortunes of Moms Mabley's boarding house for wannabe thespians. Problem is, everyone that resides there is broke, and Moms is veering dangerously close to losing her property. So a hairbrained scheme to cook up a musical and con a Broadway producer to stage it is cooked up, with hilarious results.

Plot Keywords:

Actors | African Americans | Urban Life
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Customer Rating: Rating 3.7
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Rating 5.0 Moms Mabley Movie Lover: from south bend, IN US -- May, 17, 2008

Moms Mabley was on of the best early African American actresses ever


Rating 3.0 Good to see Moms again Movie Lover: from Birmingham, AL US -- October, 23, 2007

When I was a little girl I remember my parents and my aunt listening to Moms Mabley's albums. We laughed our heads off. I never thought I would get a chance to see moms look so young and attractive. The story line is fair. Talented all-black cast.


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  • Sales Rank: 9,276
  • UPC: 089218465290
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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