IA #65: Rhythm and Blues Revue (1955)

 Rhythm and Blues Revue (1955) on IMDb

Rhythm and Blues Revue is just that – a musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. And what a cast of greats! Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Nipsey Russell, Big Joe Turner, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Mantan Moreland, Cab Calloway, and many more.

The chance to see all these performers in their prime, (particularly Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” at the 62½-minute mark), and to get a glimpse of what a really good night at the Apollo must have been like, those are great reasons to put this time capsule in the Internet Archive Top 100.