Having a great fondness for old films esp. those that feature Black actors, & talents ; this short, called" Black Network" fills that bill. Now this may not be of interest for some, but those that enjoy these kinds of films you want be letdown. This film(short) was made in the 30's & features some outstanding Black stars of the day. Nina Mae McKinney was a real big star of the day, she reminds me of" Rihanna"; her love interest was Babe Wallace, known for his role in the film " Stormy Weather" , also the genius of the Niclous Brothers when they were still young. This short film, should have been a full length feature film, but I guess the powers that be, did not think so; & we complain about the films of today & what they want allow. This film is upbeat with some fine music & dancing . also for those that might remember " Amos & Andy" early 50's, you will see some stars from that T.V. show in this film, enjoy !
I like these old movies and film clips, much or our modern history is hidden in the I am a fan of Oscar Micheaux and Paul Robeson btw.
Some years ago i was part of a Black film festival featuring Paul Robeson, & Oscar Micheaux. I was one of the projectionist, & I got to see films by Micheaux & Robeson; just got a documentary about Oscar Micheaux called, ' The Czar Of Black Hollywood" which is excellent!
Here is another short called" Call Of the Jitterbug" with Cab Calloway under 10 min. What i really like about these old Black films & shorts, like you say, gives us a look through a portal back in time, to see & hear, what it was like 70- 80 + years ago in Black life.
This video with the Nicholas Bro from a film called Mandy 1934 ? I've always had a fascination with the 30's & esp. Black life of that period. Now Black folks were still being lynched & Black life in large cities like Harlem's New York City & Bronzeville, Chicago's South Side is where a large number of African Americans were flocking to by the 10's of thousands to get away from the Jim Crow South,( The Great Migrations) In this clip you see Black Face & the theme of White Supremacy is highlighted as a musical number with Eddie cantor in Black face. For some odd reason Eddie Cantor Jewish was well liked in many Black Communities; he was a household word, I grew up knowing Eddie cantor!
What this film clip shows, is how the young Nicholas Brothers owns this scene, with their remarkable talent & dancing skills, that for me on a higher level says, we are here " The New Negro" a term that came into fashion with African Americans of The Harlem Renaissance period.This tap routine is Just" Brilliant " IMHO. the 1930's were full of very lows for A.A. but also some very highs, in terms of creating cultural paradigms that helped change the landscape for American Culture !