Hi-De-Ho (1947)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Drama, Musical Romance  |   Release Date - May 9, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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As the title indicates, Hi-De-Ho is a vehicle for entertainer Cab Calloway. The star plays a bandleader (what else?) who is torn between two lovers: his jealous girlfriend Jenni leGon and his crafty manager Ida James. leGon hires a gangland assassin to take Calloway for a ride, but at the last moment has a change of heart and tries to prevent the murder. She stops a bullet meant for Calloway, allowing James to claim him for the final clinch. Produced for what we termed "colored theatres" in 1947, the all-black Hi-De-Ho is not what one could call expensive (many of the sets shimmer and shake as the actors stroll by) but the songs are first-rate.

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bandleader, girlfriend, jealousy, change-of-heart, manager, murder-for-hire