Bessie Smith

Tom Muck
Wed Apr 25 09:07:25 EDT 2007

>> From the 1929 movie St. Louis Blues (short movie)
> It showed up on a video tape called "That's Black Entertainment" and
> according to the tape, only a very few copies are left in print as there
> was a deliberate attempt to track them down and destroy them- a group
> of black activists was behind it.  They objected to the perceived
> stereotyping of blacks in the film.  Or so the story goes...

I saw it at the local college campus about 30 years ago, and eventually 
tracked down a video copy about 15 years ago by luck -- it was on a tape I 
bought for a Big Bill Broonzy movie.


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