Black and Tan

Black and Tan

Directed by Dudley Murphy • 1929 • United States
Starring Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington

Duke Ellington makes his first film appearance in this musical drama, in which he plays a struggling bandleader trying to save his piano from bill collectors alongside dancer Fredi Washington and trumpet player Arthur Whetsol. The Ellington Orchestra plays “The Duke Steps Out,” “Black Beauty,” “Black and Tan Fantasy,” and more in a glittering 1920s Harlem nightclub.

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Black and Tan
  • Black and Tan

    Directed by Dudley Murphy • 1929 • United States
    Starring Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington

    Duke Ellington makes his first film appearance in this musical drama, in which he plays a struggling bandleader trying to save his piano from bill collectors alongside dancer Fredi Washington and trumpet p...