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King for a Day (1934)

A talented tap dancer who can't get an audition uses his prowess at playing craps to gain ownership of a musical show, making himself the star.


Roy Mack


A. Dorian Otvos (story), Eddie Moran (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Bill Robinson ... Bill Green
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Mr. Brown
Dusty Fletcher Dusty Fletcher ... Dusty Fletcher
Babe Matthews Babe Matthews ... Babe Matthews
Muriel Rahn Muriel Rahn ... Muriel Rahn
Hattie Noel Hattie Noel ... The Bride - Harlem Honeymoon


Mr. Brown refuses to allow tap dancer Bill Green to audition for his vaudeville show, "Brown's Black Orchids." Green knows that Brown has a weakness for crap games and challenges him. Green and Brown keep rolling the dice until the only thing Brown has left to offer is his show. After one last roll of the dice, the show is renamed "Green's Black Orchids", with Green as a featured performer. Other black singers and dancers also perform. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Comedy | Musical








Release Date:

30 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #28: King for a Day See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone reels #1687-1688 See more »


Mr. Brown: Will you stop followin' me.
Bill Green: I'm gonna follow you till I get two shades lighter.
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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Fabulous Musicals (1963) See more »


Bill Robinson's Stomp
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by Bill Robinson (vocal; tap dance) and ensemble (tap dance)
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Another Great Black Film Short to Savour!
9 June 2002 | by msladysoulSee all my reviews

Roy Mack was the great director of short black films, he wanted to show black entertainment, since he couldn't put it in movies, he put them in short films, which were great. These short films may not seem like much today, but back in the 30s and 40s, shorts were considered better then the feature film. Black film shorts always were great. It showed the latest dances, the latest singing styles, wonderful. Shows you how it was in that era. Wonderful black history. If you can find it, you'll love it. Some shorts are very hard to find, believe me I know, I started collecting black film shorts, but when you find it, you'll love it.

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