Program 5 This documentary has the largest collection of vintage lindy hop ever collected on a commercially available video. After an interesting introduction of African American and turn-of-the century dance, the focus turns to the charleston and early swing. There are scenes of people doing the charleston on the streets, and the famous scene from After Seben with Shortie George is featured, in addition to exciting clips from the Savoy Ballroom. The beautiful lindy hop scene from Jamming the Blues is on this video. Interviews with Frankie Manning and Norma Miller are featured, in addition to part of the famous Hellzapoppin' dance scene in which the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers dance their socks off. This leads into a discussion of how lindy hop changed to what is called the jitterbug as it spread to the white population. There are clips of swing in the 50s and 60s. Overall, this is one documentary with rare clips that you will want to watch over and over again.
King Cole Trio This video is simply fantastic! This is a 1948 African American movie. There is a long show with various dancers, singers, and comedians who perform, including The Four Congaroos (the group Frankie Manning formed after he was in Whitey's Lindy Hoppers), the hilarious (and huge) Patterson and Jackson, who sing and tap dance (they are two tons of fun), the tappin' Clark Brothers, the King Cole Trio and Andy Kirk and his Orchestra.
This beautiful and delightfully amusing musical with Fred Astaire, Jane Powell and Peter Lawford has the famous sequence in which Astaire dances on the ceiling.
Enjoy this wonderful comedy with its dance scene with the famous and inspirational tap dancer Bill Bojangles Roginson.
Watch the racy, campy cartoons of the 1930's produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer. Volume #1 features 7 cartoons: Betty Boop & Grampy, Betty Boop's Rise to Fame, House Cleaning Blues, Betty Boop & Little Jimmy, Grampy's Indoor Outing, Pudgy Takes A Bow Wow, A Language All My Own.
Paulette Goddard, Charles Butterworth and the ARTIE SHAW BAND. Directed by H.C. Potter. Laughs, romance and music are entertainingly combined in this Astaire musical with Paulette Goddard serving as the principle love interest. A fine example of the campus musical' with Meredith (who gives a delightful comedy performance) and Astaire as members of Artie Shaw's band...each with a design on pretty Paulette (Meredith and Goddard actually got married later in real life). Second Chorus is a lively musical that offers the special Fred Astaire charm and some fantastic dancing to some authentic Big Band era tunes. 83 minutes, B/W, 1940.
This is a wonderful WWII comedy! Rosalind Russell plays a socialite who joins the WACs, where she rolls up her sleeves and works. Marie Wilson plays her dumb blonde comrade in this bright, amusing farce. 87 Min, B/W, 1952, 2 1/2 Stars - Leonard Maltin, directed by Norman Z. McLeod.
A special collection of classic Popeye animation. A total of 24 delightful cartoons, and over three full hours of fun on four VHS tapes. Includes Volumes 1-3 and Popeye the Sailor Man videos below. Animated, Directed by: DAVE FLEISCHER, 170 minutes, COLOR & B/W, 1957
A special collection of seven cartoons featuring Popeye and his friends, including: Crystal Brawl (C), A Date To Skate (B/W), Cooking With Gags (C), Customers Wanted (B/W), Assault & Flattery (C), Bride & Gloom (C), I'm In the Army Now 45 minutes, COLOR & B/W.
A rare collection of seven popular Popeye cartoons, including: Greek Mirthology (C), Painless Window Washer (B/W), Gopher Spinach (C), Fright To The Finish (C), Me Musical Nephews (C), Floor Flusher (C), Parlez Vous Woo (C) 45 minutes, COLOR & B/W.
More animated hilarity with Popeye the Sailor Man, including: Little Swee' Pea (B/W), Haul In One (C), Insect To Injury (C), I Never Changes Altitude (B/W), Nearly Weds (C), Out To Punch (C), I Don't Care (C). 45 minutes, COLOR & B/W.
Three cartoon specials in color featuring one of the most famous cartoon characters of all time. Produced by Max Fleischer, creator of Betty Boop and the Out of the Ink-Well series. The only Popeye's produced by Max Fleischer. Contains: Popeye Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939), Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937) and Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad (1936). 55 minutes, COLOR, 1936+, VHS.