Mill Creek Musings: The Duke is Tops (1938)

Ethel Andrews (Lena Horne) is a talented singer. She has long collaborated with producer Duke Davis (Ralph Cooper), who is also her manager and  beau. Their current show is called “Sepia Scandals,” and at the latest performance, Ethel catches the eye of a couple of big-time show people from New York City. It’s an exciting opportunity for Ethel, except for the fact that booking agent … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Duke is Tops (1938)

Top 5: 1940s Musicals

Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli, 1943) Why: This film is just so captivating and full of energy. There’s always something going on — no dull moments, ever. Also, two words: Lena Horne! Two more words: Vincente Minnelli! Favorite character: Petunia, portrayed by the amazing Ethel Waters Favorite song: “Honey in the Honeycomb” Meet Me In St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944) Why: There are so … Continue reading Top 5: 1940s Musicals