Symphony in Black

A Rhapsody of Negro Life 10 mins., black & white, 16mm. FAB 6260 Paramount Pictures, 1935. Director: Fred Waller; Photography: William Steiner, Jr. Valburn/Ellington Collection of the Library of Congress This film of extraordinary historic and esthetic interest features Duke Ellington at the piano presumably composing the title symphony, crosscut with shots of a band […]

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Hellzapoppin’

1941 Directed by H. C. Potter This movie, based on a hit Broadway play, showcases Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing the most famous and most spectacular Lindy Hop scene ever preserved on film. The dancing was choreographed by Frankie Manning. The scene starts when Slim Galliard and Slam Stewart, in workmen’s garb, discover some musical instruments […]

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Cootie Williams and His Orchestra

Soundie 1943 Dancers: Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers- Leon James and Dottie Mae Johnson Russell Williams and Connie Hill This content was originally written by Judy Pritchett with Frank Manning. Copyright, 1995, 1996, 1997 for the savoystyle.com. It may not be reproduced without written permission. Please use the contact form on this website to get in touch. […]

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The Big Apple aka Keep Punchin’, Jittering Jitterbugs

1938 from KEEP PUNCHING (also known as Jittering Jitterbugs) A film clip featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. It was originally part of the black-cast film Keep Punchin’ and was also released as the short “Jittering Jitterbugs” in1943. Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers perform a Big Apple routine which was choreographed by Frankie Manning. They also do the Lindy […]

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