Director: Andrew L. Stone
Original Release: 1943
Choice: Our Girl's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
With 70 years hindsight, there are some issues. There are elements of minstrelsy in some of the performances, most prominent in a cakewalk incorporating Little Black Sambo imagery. Big picture, though, the movie broke down a lot more barriers than it built, providing opportunities and exposure for the performers and broadening the possibilities for African-Americans in film.
Stormy Weather saves the very best for last. Even if you never watch the entire film, you absolutely must watch the Nicholas Brothers' "Jumpin' Jive" sequence. No less than Fred Astaire called it the greatest dance number ever filmed. You'll feel this one in your hamstrings: