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Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Cabin in the Sky (1943)




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Mortally shot at a crap game, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson gets a six-month Heavenly reprieve thanks to prayers from wife and True Believer Ethel Waters, but Rex Ingram's "Lucifer Jr." has a secret weapon in the ensuing battle for Anderson's soul: Lena Horne's sultry Sweet Georgia Brown. But Ethel proves to have "everything you've got and whole lot more." Minnelli's first major movie musical features some of the top African American talent of the day, including John Bubbles, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. But it's above all a showcase for top-billed Waters' enormous singing, dancing, comedy, and acting talents. -- (C) Film Forum
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Ethel Waters
as Petunia Jackson
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
as Little Joe Jackson
Lena Horne
as Georgia Brown
Louis Armstrong
as The Trumpeter
Rex Ingram
as Lucius/Lucifer Jr.
Kenneth Spencer
as Rev. Green, the General
Oscar Polk
as The Deacon/Flatfoot
Mantan Moreland
as First Idea Man
Willie Best
as Second Idea Man
Fletcher Rivers
as Third Idea Man, Moke
Leon James
as Fourth Idea Man, Poke
Ford L. Washington
as Messenger Boy
Ruby Dandridge
as Mrs. Kelso
Ernest Whitman
as Jim Henry
Archie Savage
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Cabin in the Sky

All Critics (10)

Lustrous, gospel-folklore retelling of Faust

Full Review… | October 21, 2009

Fascinatingly stylized musical.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Classic Film and Television

All-black 1943 musical and moralistic fable.

Full Review… | January 15, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Minnelli's feature debut was MGM's first all-black musical since Vidor's Hallellujah!, a stylized fable boasting great performances from Lena Horne, in her first major role, and Ethel waters, as her nemesis.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006

Vincente Minnelli's enjoyable directorial debut.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Top-notch musical with great performances.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Cabin in the Sky

Almost every song is a showstopper in Vincente Minnelli's adaptation of the Broadway musical; Ethel Waters sings the title song, "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" and the Oscar-nominated "Takin' a Chance on Love," Lena Horne does "Honey in the Honeycomb" (reprised by Waters), and even Eddie "Rochester" Anderson gets to sing "Life's Full of Consequences" - a duet with Horne. Highly enjoyable.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

This movie was delightful. I enjoyed the spiritual content as well as the 'ole time tap dancing. I will watch it again.

Pamula Robinson-Schools
Pamula Robinson-Schools

It was a nice classic old movie. Lena Horne is beautiful even in black and white. Very religious, but a good movie.

Monet Johnson
Monet Johnson

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