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White folks call it madness but we call it Hi De Ho: An “All Colored” Vitaphone Program

Introduced by Ina Archer, Artist and Media Archivist

Ina Archer

Located in Brooklyn, Vitaphone Studios was a prolific producer of short films during the transition to sound. Between 1929 and 1936, Vitaphone used talent from the vaudeville circuits and nearby Broadway to make dozens of “live” shorts featuring the era’s biggest acts. Organized by artist and media archivist Ina Archer, this program features such legendary African American performers as the Nicholas Brothers, Cab Calloway, Nina Mae McKinney, Lester Young, Buck & Bubbles, and many more! (program approx. 120 mins.; DCP, 16mm, and 35mm)

Image: Ina Archer, courtesy Ina Archer

Program Lineup

Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake
(1923, 3 mins., 35mm)

Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody
(1930, 10 mins., 16mm)
with James Price Johnson

All Colored Vaudeville
(1935, 9 mins., 35mm)
with the Nicholas Brothers and Adelaide Hall

That’s the Spirit
(1933, 10 mins., 16mm)
with Noble Sissle

Harlem Bound
(1935, 17 mins., 35mm)
with Buck & Bubbles

(1929, 8 mins., 35mm)
with The Norman Thomas Quintette

Smash Your Baggage
(1933, 10 mins., 35mm)
with Small’s Paradise Orchestra

Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho
(1933, 10 mins., DCP)

The Black Network
(1936, 20 mins., 35mm)
with the Nicholas Brothers and Nina Mae McKinney

Jammin’ the Blues
(1944, 10 mins., 35mm)
with Lester Young

More about the expert

Ina Archer is a filmmaker, visual artist, programmer, and writer whose multimedia works and films have been shown around the world. She is a Media Conservation and Digitization Assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. This is her first appearance at Cinema Revival.

Prints courtesy the Library of Congress, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Universal Pictures, and the Cohen Film Collection.

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank


Past Film/Video

White folks call it madness but we call it Hi De Ho: An “All Colored” Vitaphone Program