Killer Diller

Thanks to Wayne Blair of Brisbane, Australia for the picture of this wonderful original film poster.

All-American News
1948
Director: Josh Binney
Producer: E. M. Glucksman
Story/Screenplay: Hal Seeger
Photographer: Lester Lang
Editor: L. Hesse
Music: Rene J. Hall.
73 mins., black & white, 35mm.
FGC 2380-83

The Congaroo Dancers do a Lindy Hop routine next to a prop palm tree. They dance extremely fast with excellent execution to the music of Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy. This dance scene from Killer Diller can be found on the DVD collection Jammin’ with the Greats at SavoyStyle.

Killer Diller is a film recreation of an all-black musical variety show, with the story of a magician who does disappearing acts tying together the program. Includes performances by the Clark Brothers, the Nat “King” Cole Trio (with Oscar Moore and Johnny Miller), Dusty “Open the Door, Richard” Fletcher, Andy Kirk and his Band, the Congeroo Dancers, Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Butterfly McQueen, Beverly White and George Wiltshire. Numbers include “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Breezy and the Bass,” “Don’t
Sit on My Bed,” “I Believe,” “If I Didn’t Care,” “Now He Tells Me” and “Ooh Kick a Rooney.”

Dancers:

The Congaroo Dancers Lindy Hop
Frankie Manning
Ann Johnson
Willa Mae Ricker
Russell Williams

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. This Biography is also part of the World Lindy Hop Federation Archives maintained by Keith Hughes.

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