September 30th, 2012

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I've taken my bows and my curtain calls

Heavenly Music is a curious little M-G-M short from 1943, starring Frederick Brady as Ted Barry, a popular yet dead crooner who goes up to the pearly gates, is interviewed by the secretary --- Mr Frisbee, played by Eric Blore, who did Jameson so well in almost all the Lone Wolf pictures --- and sent to a panel of experts to be judged on his fitness to be inducted to Music Heaven.

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This short won the 16th Academy Award for best two-reel live action short film, raising the question, wait, that's Buckwheat (Billie Thomas) in the last scene as Gabriel blowing a trumpet? The heck?

Trivia: RKO's first Amos 'n' Andy movie, the 1930 Check and Double-Check, included a second storyline featuring white characters for fear audiences would not follow Amos and Andy in segments much longer than the 15-minute daily shows. Source: The Adventures Of Amos 'N' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon, Melvin Patrick Ely.

Currently Reading: Gilded City: Scandal and Sensation In Turn-Of-The-Century New York, M H Dunlop.