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Hi-De-Ho (1947)

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As the title indicates, Hi-De-Ho is a vehicle for entertainer Cab Calloway. The star plays a bandleader (what else?) who is torn between two lovers: his jealous girlfriend Jenni leGon and his crafty manager Ida James. leGon hires a gangland assassin to take Calloway for a ride, but at the last moment has a change of heart and tries to prevent the murder. She stops a bullet meant for Calloway, allowing James to claim him for the final clinch. Produced for what we termed "colored theatres" in 1947, the all-black Hi-De-Ho is not what one could call expensive (many of the sets shimmer and shake as the actors stroll by) but the songs are first-rate.

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Cast

Ida James
as Nettie
George Wiltshire
as Boss Mason
Virginia Garvin
as His Fat Friend
James Dunmore
as Mo the Mouse
Edgar Martin Littava
as Owner of Jive Club
David Bethea
as Owner of Brass Hat
Shepard Roberts
as Police Sergeant
Fred Johnson
as Head Waiter
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