(Andrew L. Stone, US 1943, 78 min., 35mm)
The luminous Lena Horne plays nightclub singer Selina Rogers to Bill Robinson’s Bill Williamson, just returning home from World War I. Packed with music and dancing from the likes of Nat King Cole, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, and Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, this interwar backstage romance follows the trials of a performing couple and expectations for domesticity. Featuring the title song as well as “There’s No Two Ways About Love” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” the film also includes Fats Waller’s performance of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and a number from Rochester’s own Cab Calloway with the Nicholas Brothers. Introduction by Michael Lasser.
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