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This edition: The Duke is Tops

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Episode Details

(1938, b&w, 75 min., musical) Cast: Ralph Cooper, Lena Horne, Lawrence Criner. A small-time promoter loses his star performer to the big time show biz circuit. All-black musical which marked Lena Horne’s film debut.

(Preceded by “St. Louis Blues” (1929/U.S., b&w, 15 min., musical) Dir.: Dudley Murphy. Musical short with blues singer Bessie Smith.)