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Stormy Weather (U)

Ipswich Jazz Festival @ IFT

Dir: Andrew L. Stone, US, 1943, 77 mins

Bill Robinson, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller

Dancing great Bill Williamson sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? A musical like no other, Stormy Weather celebrates the African-american stars of the day in all-star extravaganza of music and song.

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