CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK 1930 MOONLIGHT AND ROMANCE 1930
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CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK (1930)
and MOONLIGHT AND ROMANCE (1930)
CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. Directed by Melville Brown. The original Amos 'n' Andy appear together in their only starring feature film. The boys make a deal with Kingfish to take Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra to entertain at a high society party in their Fresh Air Taxi. Later they attend a meeting of the Mystic Knights of the Sea and find themselves elected to visit a haunted house in the dead of night! Although Gosden and Correll's blackface characters are considered politically incorrect by today's standard, they were beloved by millions of all races whom they entertained with their gentle humor.
MOONLIGHT AND ROMANCE starring Rosita Moreno and Nino Martini. Directed by Victor Heerman. In this early musical short, a wandering troubadour serenades his lady love and together they share an evening filled with song, dance and, of course, romance!
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This is the Amos & Andy tv show I remember us watching.
The "Check & Double Check" seen here are the men who started the Amos & Andy routine on the radio. They are completely different from the tv show.
To all the nay sayers of OLD tv shows...... It won't be long and what you consider to be so good will be considered JUNK by future generations. History doesn't have to be changed just cause you don't like it. The show was made. People loved it. Doing away with history facts, tv shows, etc will NOT take it away. It happened. Last week is HISTORY...Last year, yesterday, 100 years ago....there will always be history.
However ... if you're into vintage jazz, "Check and Double-Check" gives a chance to see the young Duke Ellington just as he and his Famous Orchestra was bursting onto the national scene. Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, and other sidemen are astonishingly young and vigorous. The music isn't as subtle or interesting as it would become when Billy Strayhorn joined the band, it's wonderful nonetheless.
Very few African-American performers made it into white movies in those days; the only exception I can think of is Cab Calloway's singing "Reefer Man" in the W. C. Fields comedy "International House". We have to take it where we can find it.
So, the movie is [bad], but it has some moments that are pure gold.