Videos by Chapter
Introduction: Turning on a Dime
1. 102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time
One of the few non-Soundies on the list. The book opens with a description of this video, and Alice Barker’s part in Soundies as an uncredited dancer.
2. Cow Cow Boogie (1942)
Except for a few cutaway shots Dandridge is on camera for the entire film, and she commands the screen completely.
3. Take the ‘A’ Train (1941)
A Black metropolis envisioned by way of the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn song, performed by the Delta Rhythm Boys.
4. Rigoletto (1945)