Musical fable about the forces of good vs. evil. A poor but devout and loving wife struggles to keep the soul of her shiftless husband out of the clutches of the devil. Vincente Minelli's first feature. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe").
Vincente Minnelli - Prominent director of MGM musicals
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Vernon Duke - Composer
Ford L. Washington - Actor
Eddie Anderson - American actor, CABIN IN THE SKY, THE JACK BENNY SHOW
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson - American actor, CABIN IN THE SKY, THE JACK BENNY SHOW
Kenneth Spencer - American Singer\1940s
Arthur Freed - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Arthur Grossman - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Harold F. Kress - American Editor/Director
Harold Arlen - American song composer, WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Hyman Arluck - American song composer, WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
John W. Sublett - Actor
Rex Ingram - American Actor\Black
Ted Fetter - Composer
E. Y. Harburg - Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg - Composer
Yip Harburg - Composer
George Stoll - Music Director/Conductor
Georgie Stoll - Music Director/Conductor
Lena Horne - American singer, actress
Roger Edens - American Composer
Leonid Vasian - Art Director
John Latouche - Composer
Joseph Schrank - Screenwriter\"The Clock"
Ethel Waters - American Singer/Actress
Louis Armstrong - American jazz musician
Satchmo - American jazz musician
Little Joe Jackson is a simple down-home, married man. But he has three uncontrollable weaknesses: he loves shootin' craps, he drinks too much liquor and he's been lusting after sultry Georgia Brown, a sexy southern seductress just itchin' to get her hands on him. When he's fatally wounded in a barroom brawl, his gospel-quoting, hopelessly devoted wife Petunia prays by his bedside while Lucifer of Hell and the General of Heaven battle it out for ownership of Little Joe's soul.
In 1940 George Balanchine directed the Vernon Duke-Lynn Root Broadway musical "Cabin in the Sky." He collaborated with Katherine Dunham on the choreography for the all-black cast. The play featured Dunham's company in the dance numbers. The choreographic style was a mix of classical ballet, modern dance, and Afro-Caribbean folkdance. The film's cast includes: Butterfly McQueen, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best, Ernest Whitman, Nick Stewart, Ruby Dandridge (mother of Dorothy), Oscar Polk, Kenneth Spencer, Ford Lee "Buck" Washington and John "Bubbles" Sublett. The film is based on the hit Broadway musical. Feature film debut for Vincente Minnelli.
"[With] inspired direction from Vincente Minnelli...and an engaging and more-multifaceted-than-usual turn by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson..." - 04/01/2006 Premiere, p.99