Birmingham Black Bottom ... First All-Black Cast Talkies.
This video contains the first sound comedy shorts that featured Black actors from the Lafayette Stock Players Company of Harlem. It was adapted from the " Darktown Birmingham" column in the " Saturday Evening Post. They were inspired by the wild parodies of Black life. Racial in nature and not too funny by Todays standards. The supposed Black dialect is very exaggerated and poorly recorded. It is evident it is a predecessor of the kind of high-energy humor that later generations would see in " Amos and Andy," " Sanford and Son, etc.
This is a fairly new release and I haven't purchased a copy yet but am hoping it does have some Black Bottom dancing in this film as well as any dancing for that matter. When I get a copy, I will review it here. From what I can tell so far it does. Video includes " Framing of the Shrew," " The Melancholy
Dame," " Oft In the Silly Night," and " Music Hath Harms.