Amos 'n' Andy - Check and Double Check

The only film appearance of the famous radio stars "Amos n' Andy" performed here by their creators Gosden and Correll.
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item number:  ALP 5232D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: December 19, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 52
Rating: C -- The film works as a curio to see how the blacks were perceived back then by Hollywood. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 10, 2006

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Amos and Andy operate a bare-bones taxi service in Harlem, struggling to keep their vehicle running and their tires inflated. When their lodge-master, Kingfish, offers them a lucrative job ferrying Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra to a gig in the Upper West Side, they jump at the chance. At the party, the two men run into an old friend, Ralph Crawford, who needs help finding the lost deed to his deceased father's house in order to prove his worth to his prospective in-laws. Amos and Andy spend a spooky night in the dead man's mansion, hoping to locate the papers that will set things right.

Check and Double Check is a rare cultural artifact from the dawn of sound film-making. Freeman F. Gosden and Charles J. Correll had already achieved radio stardom on the "Amos 'N' Andy" show, and their voices had become extremely familiar to American audiences. The two white actors had to don minstrel black-face in order to portray the duo in their first "all-talking" motion picture in 1930. While it may seem politically incorrect by today's standards, this curious film highlights the sure comic timing and vocal talent of the two radio stars and features performances by young Duke Ellington in the bargain.

Product Description:

When Amos and Andy spend a night in a haunted house during an initiation ritual for their lodge, they get into plenty of trouble--and solve a mystery. This is the only movie made by the infamous comedy team.

Plot Synopsis:

Radio performers Amos 'n' Andy make their big-screen debut as a pair of dim-witted handymen shuffling their way through a loosely constructed series of comic vignettes.


Production Notes:

  • The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."
  • Duke Ellington and His Orchestra perform "Old Man Blues" and "Three Little Words."
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 13,053
  • UPC: 089218523297
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