Movie: Boarding House Blues


Boarding House Blues
Saturday, February 25th 1:30 PM
Doors open @ 12:30 PM

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood
7101 Hamilton Ave., PGH, PA 15208
Suggested Donation: $5/
Q&A Leader: Fred Logan


Year: 1948           Length: 90 minutes        Country: USA

Director: Josh Binney

Synopsis (Courtesy of Fred Logan)

Boarding House Blues stars Moms Mabley as the manager of a boarding house for struggling  African American singers, dancers, and other entertainers. The place is New York City. The time is the mid-1940’s, during the “Golden Age” of American entertainment. 

Both well known and lesser known stellar artists of that era strut their stuff. Among others, this includes the comedian Dusty Fletcher; the Lucky Milliner Orchestra; the hoofers Stump and Stumpy; and Henry “Crip” Heard. 

Boarding House Blues is a cavalcade of classic African American slap sticks comedy, music, and hip jive talk from this important, and now little known, pre-television-era of black popular entertainment. 

Unintentionally, it underscores some very profound questions on the image versus the reality of African American entertainment in both mainstream  America and in the black community.

Long time black entertainment buff Fred Logan will lead the post-screening dialogue with the audience.