Saturday, April 20, 2013

Great Teams!

We all the know of Classic Hollywood's dynamic duos (and some trios): Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges.

Here are some other great teams that I'd like for you all to check out:


Above are two clips of Mantan Moreland and Ben Carter bringing their hilarious vaudeville act to the screen in Charlie Chan films.

Mantan Moreland was one of the most popular comedians of the 1930's and 1940's. He is probably best remembered as Birmingham Brown, the chauffeur in the Charlie Chan series.

Ben Carter was also a comedic actor as well as Black Hollywood's premier agents. He cast the black performers in A Day at the Races and those (except for Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson) in Gone with the Wind.


Here is "Buck and Bubbles" (Ford L. "Buck" Washington and John William Sublett) in Varsity Show (1937).

The music-and-comedy team worked in about 14 films together, appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, and were the first black artists to perform at Radio City Music Hall.

Unfortunately, the duo came to an end when "Buck" Washington passed away in 1955.


I'm a HUGE fan of The Nicholas Brothers and a big fan of their "Jumpin' Jive" routine from Stormy Weather, but check out how great these brothers were even as kids. This number is titled "Lucky Number" from a musical short titled "The Black Network". 


Check out this amazing trio--The Miller Brothers and Lois. This is the only footage I've ever seen of this group (from the 1947 Cab Calloway film Hi-De-Ho). They're right up there with The Nicholas Brothers with me.

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