After Seben (1929)

Short. 1929 Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. Director: S. J. Kaufman Story: James Barton Cast: James Barton – Emcee and Solo Dancer (in blackface) “Shorty George” Snowden – Third Male Dancer (Called “Shorty Stump” in the film) An early sound short of major historical import. Although it is a fictionalized Harlem nightclub scene, it features Chick Webb […]

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Symphony in Black (1935)

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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Ask Uncle Sol (1937)

Shorty George Snowden and his partner Big Bea, towering over him, demonstrate the repertoire of fast-paced comedic steps for which they were known. Shorty retired from professional dancing a few years after this film was made because of severe arthritis in his feet. Dancers: Shorty George Snowden Big Bea When Frankie Manning told the delightful […]

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The Big Apple /Keep Punching (1939)

1939 excerpt from the film KEEP PUNCHING (also a short known as Jittering Jitterbugs) A film clip featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. It was originally part of the black-cast film Keep Punching 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. […]

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