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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.