Swing!

16mm motion picture film of Swing!

Directed by
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951
Written by
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951
Subject of
Green, Cora, American
Produced by
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951
Medium
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
16mm Film (b): acetate film
Dimensions
Duration: 65 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1100 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1400 Feet
Type
motion pictures (information artifacts)
Place depicted
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1938
Caption
Preparing for the premiere of his Broadway show, an aspiring producer experiences a number of setbacks due to his leading star.
Description
2015.167.20.1ab: 16mm black and white films.
As Amanda "Mandy" Jenkins wakes up to go to work as a cook for the white Hewitt family in Birmingham, Alabama, her husband Cornell returns home from a night of gambling. When Ethel and Liza, Mandy's friends, learn that Cornell is having an affair with Eloise Jackson, the wife of Lem, they agree that wives should stick together when men two-time them. Cornell takes Mandy's money to pay for his entertainment and diverts suspicion by telling his wife that he is an automobile salesman. Liza, however, reveals the truth about Cornell when she informs Mandy that her husband is being driven around in Eloise's car. Mandy goes to a nightclub looking for her husband, and when she finds him dancing with Eloise, a fight ensues. Months later, Eloise is living in Harlem, where she is singing under the assumed name Cora Smith. Although Eloise works for producer Ted Gregory, she pushes him around and intimidates him. When Lena Powell, Gregory's secretary, suggests to her boss that her old friend, Mandy, be hired as the wardrobe mistress, he consents to it. After punching Eloise when she is drunk, Lem delves into New York's underworld, where he soon learns that he can go on relief and be paid for not working. Three days before the show's opening, Eloise becomes intoxicated and breaks her leg, and Gregory replaces her with Mandy. Mandy, who has seen Cornell penniless, has a change of heart and takes her husband back. As Cornell soaks Mandy's tired feet, he realizes that he must stray no more. When the show finally opens, it's a huge success.
Source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Accessed on August 12, 2016.
Topic
African American
American South
Musicians
Nightlife
Race films
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number
2015.167.20.1ab
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Nieman Film Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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