4/29/14

DUKE DAY

I believe Duke Ellington (one of my three cultural heroes, the other two being Orson Welles and Billy Wilder) would have been 115 years old today (had he not been thoughtless enough to die in 1974, that is). In honor of that fact, here's a rare clip of the 1930 Amos and Andy vehicle "Check and Double Check" which was Ellington's first foray into Hollywood. Though the band isn't really visible until three minutes into this six minute clip, there are some nice views of what white society people looked like when dancing. I like the perversity of posting this shamefully racist movie (A&A were white guys in blackface) as the NBA burns all around us. Perhaps I'll be forced to sell my team...



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