“Rhythm and Blues Revue” is a 1955 American musical film that showcases the best of the R&B genre from the 1950s. The film features some of the most prominent R&B performers of the time, including Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, and Cab Calloway, among others.
The movie takes the form of a revue, with various musical numbers presented in succession, interspersed with comedic skits and commentary from the emcee, Willie Bryant. The musical performances include electrifying renditions of classic R&B songs, such as “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner and “Caldonia” by Louis Jordan.
In addition to the musical performances, the film also features impressive dance sequences by some of the era’s most talented performers, such as the legendary tap dancer Honi Coles.
Overall, “Rhythm and Blues Revue” provides a vivid snapshot of the vibrant R&B scene of the 1950s, with top-notch performances and a lively, energetic atmosphere that captures the spirit of the genre. It remains a landmark of R&B history and an enduring classic of American musical cinema.
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