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Boarding House Blues

-- Synopsis:
     hilarious all-black cast-comedy musical revue features comedian Moms Mabley and a runaway ape.   A Harlem Show-Business boarding house has tenant troubles! The vaudvillian tenents put on a show to save their home. Moms" Mabley oversees a boarding house of down-'n-out vaudevillians who put on an unuausal comedy show to raise the money for the rent. " Moms" and little tramp Dusty Fletcher play host to the boarding house's zany tenants. Featuring classic 1940's Black vaudeville routines and musical acts.

* Film Features:
    The Berry Brothers show off their Tap dance routine known as Flash Acts. Crip Heard who is a one legged Tap dancer shows off his skill as well. Stump and Stumpy do their Tap dance routine and a Acrobatic Ape (John Riano) does a little dancing.

Boarding House Blues Lobby Card 1 Crip Heard 2 Crip Heard 1 Borading House Blues Title Screen 1

More Film Information below





1948 All American / Cascadia Entertainment Josh Binney DVD | VHS


Country Made:



90 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Musical The Berry Brothers Tap Dance Very Good
Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Berry Brothers (Tap 'Flash Act') Specialty Dancers Dusty Fletcher
"Crip" Heard (One-Legged Dancer)   Harold Cromer
Eddie Hartman (Stump & Stumpy*)   Marcellus Wilson
Harold Cromer (Stump & Stumpy)   Jackie 'Moms' Mabley
James Cross (Stump & Stumpy*)   Sidney Easton
John Riano (Acrobatic - Ape)    

Dances performed in this film   

Special Dance Interest

Acrobatic Dance n/a n/a Acrobatic
the Jitterbug     One Legged Dancer ('Crip')
Tap Dance     Harlem Rent Party

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

You'll Never Know Anisteen Allen Boarding House Blues
  Bull Moose Jackson    
  Lee Norman Trio    
  Lucky Millinder    
  Una Mae Carlisle    

Stage versions of the film

Soundtracks(s) Available

Similar Films

Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a Souls of Sin (1949) n/a

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