100 Movie Musicals #16: Stormy Weather (1943)

Phenomenal dance showcase/loose biography of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Also featuring Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Katherine Dunham, Cab Calloway and a final performance by the Nicholas Brothers that has to be seen to be believed.

bill robinson and lena horne

It’s yet another backstage rags to riches story, which have been thick on the ground on this list so far, but it’s given tremendous juice by being based on and starring a real person and by featuring an absolute all-time cast of world class musicians, dancers, and performers in cameo roles. The Nicholas Brothers in particular give a bravura climactic dance number jaw-dropping in its athleticism and grace.

titans of the art

You know, here, do yourself a favor and just watch the number yourself. Highly recommended!

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