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Duke Ellington

Highest Rated:   100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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African American composer/ musician Duke Ellington was leader of the house band at New York's Cotton Club when talking pictures first gained popularity in 1928-1929. Ellington was one of many performers who showed up in quickie musical short subjects designed to show off the new sound system. He and his band made their feature-film debut in Check and Double Check (30), which starred radio's famed comedy duo Amos 'N' Andy. He was top-lined in such black-oriented "B" pictures as The Duke is Tops (38) and also made guest appearances in such minor musicals as Hit Parade (37), New Faces (37) and Reveille With Beverly (43). Duke Ellington was given his best movie break by director Otto Preminger, who engaged Ellington to write the now-famous jazz score for 1959's Anatomy of a Murder, and also wedged in a brief on-screen cameo for the Duke.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Big Time Swing
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Jazz Giants of the 20th Century
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Soundies: A Musical History Hosted by Michael Feinstein
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jazz Legends: Louis Armstrong & Friends
  • Actor
2007
50% Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Swing! Swing! Swing!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald & Other Jazz & Swing Greats
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Duke Ellington - Early Tracks From the Master of Swing
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Jazz Icons
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Big Band - Artie Shaw & Duke Ellington
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Sleepytime Down South: Slow and Easy Tracks from the Golden Era of Jazz
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Boys are Back in Town: Classic Tracks From the Gentlemen of Jazz
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: The Big Band Feeling
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Forever Gold
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Harlem Renaissance
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Swinging at His Best
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: In Hollywood: Swing Era
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Golden Age Of Jazz Part 1
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Stephane Grappelli: A Life in the Jazz Century
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Rare Video Footage
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Memories of Duke
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet That Old Black Magic
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet TV's First Music Videos - The Snader Telescriptions
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet This Joint Is Jumpin'
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Sacred Concerts
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 1929-1943
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Lullaby of Harlem
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Royal Ellington Concert
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Jazz Shorts
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Piano Legends
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 112
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 118
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 111
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 108
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 101
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet All Star Swing Festival 1972
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Tivoli (1969)
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Duke Ellington - Tivoli 1969
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet On the Road with Duke Ellington
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: An All-Star Tribute
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Newport Jazz Festival 1962
  • Actor
1962
100% Anatomy of a Murder
  • Pie-eye
1959
No Score Yet Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington: Live in '58
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Duke Ellington - The Big Band Feeling
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Norman Granz Presents - Improvisation
  • Actor
1950
80% Cabin in the Sky
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly
  • Specialty
1943
No Score Yet Lullaby of Harlem
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Great Jazz Bands of the 30's
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Belle of the Nineties
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Check and Double Check
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Jazz and Jive
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Black and Tan
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet The Duke Ellington Story
  • Actor

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