Hollywood's first all-black film since The Green Pastures tells the vibrant fable of rascally Little Joe, torn between the love of his good wife Petunia and the wiles of good-time bad girl Georgia Brown...and caught in a tug-of-war between emissaries from the Lord and Satan. How can virtue triumph over evil? Well, as Petunia says, "Sometimes when you fight the devil, you gotta jab him with his own pitchfork." Debuting movie director Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Gigi) and stars Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are more than a match for the devil in this musical treasure. With a soundtrack of dazzling standards including Taking a Chance on Love and Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe, Cabin in the Sky is a joyous classic.

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Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Musical/Fantasy/Comedy

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Hollywood's first all-black film since The Green Pastures tells the vibrant fable of rascally Little Joe, torn between the love of his good wife Petunia and the wiles of good-time bad girl Georgia Brown...and caught in a tug-of-war between emissaries from the Lord and Satan. How can virtue triumph over evil? Well, as Petunia says, "Sometimes when you fight the devil, you gotta jab him with his own pitchfork." Debuting movie director Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Gigi) and stars Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are more than a match for the devil in this musical treasure. With a soundtrack of dazzling standards including Taking a Chance on Love and Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe, Cabin in the Sky is a joyous classic.

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Cast
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Ethel Waters

Petunia Jackson
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Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

Joseph 'Little Joe' Jackson
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Lena Horne

Georgia Brown
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Louis Armstrong

The Trumpeter
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Rex Ingram

Lucifer Jr. / Lucius Ferry
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Kenneth Spencer

The General / Rev. Greene
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John William Sublett

Domino Johnson (as 'Bubbles' John W. Sublett)
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Oscar Polk

The Deacon / Fleetfoot
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Mantan Moreland

First Idea Man
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Willie Best

Second Idea Man
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Fletcher Rivers

Third Idea Man (as Moke [Fletcher Rivers])
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Leon James Poke

Fourth Idea Man (as Poke Leon James)
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Ford Washington Lee

Messenger Boy (as 'Buck' Ford L. Washington)
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Bill Bailey

Bill
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Butterfly McQueen

Lily
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Ruby Dandridge

Mrs. Kelso
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Nick Stewart

Dude (as Nicodemus)
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Ernest Whitman

Jim Henry
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Duke Ellington

Himself
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Hall Johnson Choir

Themselves
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Duke Ellington Orchestra

Themselves
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Archie Savage

Dancer
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Joel Fluellen

Mr. Kelso / Jim Henry's Paradise patron (uncredited)
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Aranelle Harris

(uncredited)
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Henry Phace Roberts

(uncredited)
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Carmencita Romero

Dancer (uncredited)
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Clinton Rosemond

Doctor (uncredited)
Crew
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Vincente Minnelli

Director
Disc Releases
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Cabin in the Sky

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

1/10/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

Cabin in the Sky

(Blu-ray)

1/30/2024

Disc Title Front Cover

Cabin in the Sky

(DVD)

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