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Jester Hairston

Date of Birth: Jul 9, 1901

Country: USA

Biography: Composer, songwriter, conductor, singer and actor, educated at Tufts University, Juilliard, and the University of the Pacific (hon. Mus. D.). He acted on radio and television besides on film, and played Leroy on the "Amos 'n Andy" radio series for fifteen years. He directed the Federal Theatre Project, and was assistant conductor of the 'Hall Johnson Choir' in New York for fifteen years and trained choirs for radio and Broadway musicals. Coming to Hollywood in 1936, he sang and appeared with the

Total Titles at Criticker: 24 - You've Seen 24

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Titles You've Ranked (24)
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The Green Pastures The Green Pastures (1936)
Summary: God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans. (imdb)
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So This Is Love So This Is Love (1953)
Summary: The rise of opera star Grace Moore.
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Tension at Table Rock Tension at Table Rock (1956)
Summary: When the owner of a stagecoach station is killed, a gunman takes his place. (TCM.com)
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Full of Life Full of Life (1956)
Summary: Writer Nick and his wife Emily are expecting their first child. When a necessary home repair proves too costly to afford, Nick must swallow his pride and visit his father, a proud immigrant stonemason with whom he has a difficult relationship, and ask him to do the work. Confronting the issues of religious and family tradition which have separated father and son causes Nick and Emily to reevaluate their lives and the things they value most. (imdb)
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The Foxes of Harrow The Foxes of Harrow (1947)
Summary: In antebellum New Orleans, roguish Irish gambler Harrison buys his way into society--something he couldn't do in his homeland because he is illegitimate. Sequestering himself in a mansion won in a card game, Harrison courts Southern belle Maureen O'Hara, but their subsequent marriage is befouled by Rex's incessant womanizing. Though tempted to walk out for good, O'Hara stays by her husband's side after he loses his fortune, hoping that the impoverished Harrison will now behave more responsibly. (allmovie.com)
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St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues (1958)
Summary: Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. (imdb)
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The Vanishing Virginian The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
Summary: The Vanishing Virginian was adapted from the autobiographical bestseller by Rebecca Yancey Williams. Newcomer Kathryn Grayson stars as Ms. Williams, a headstrong Southern girl growing up in the early 20th century. Rebecca sets her conservative household on its ear when she joins the woman's suffrage movement, despite the objections of father Frank Morgan, a lifelong civil servant. (allrovi.com)
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Mississippi Moods Mississippi Moods (1937)
Summary: Fun and Frolic in Showboat Land! Humorous story keeps suspense up to the end.
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Amen Amen (1986)  - TV Series
Summary: Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control. (imdb)
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That That's My Mama (1974)  - TV Series
Summary: Clifton likes being a barber in Washington DC where he works in the business started by his father. He also enjoys being single but his widowed Mama Eloise has other ideas and wants him settled like his sister Tracy and her conservative husband Leonard.
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Gypsy Colt Gypsy Colt (1954)
Summary: A beautiful spirited horse is so devoted to his young mistress that he undertakes an incredible 500-mile journey over treacherous terrain to be reunited with her. (imdb)
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Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)
Summary: Hunters trespass into Sukulu country, where animals are sacred, posing as photographers. Their work has the blessing of the U.N.'s Dr. Celliers, close friend of the Sukulu chief. The hunters send the animals across a river where they can be shot, and the natives throw the good doctor and his nurse into a lion pit. Tarzan ape-calls the animals to safety and rescues the medicos. (imdb)
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Sundown Sundown (1941)
Summary: Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans. (imdb)
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I I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Summary: In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big. (imdb)
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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Summary: Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's. (imdb)
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The Last Tycoon The Last Tycoon (1976)
Summary: F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death. (imdb)
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Finian Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Summary: A mysterious Irishman, Finian, and his beautiful daughter Sharon arrive one day in a small Southern town of sharecroppers... (imdb)
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Lady Sings the Blues Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Summary: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured. (imdb)
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In This Our Life In This Our Life (1942)
Summary: A young woman dumps her fiancée and runs off with her sister's husband. They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide... (imdb)
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We We're Not Married! (1952)
Summary: In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married. (imdb)
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Tanganyika Tanganyika (1954)
Summary: In 1903 Kenya, tough colonist John Gale is leading a safari to bring in escaped murderer Abel McCracken, who is stirring up the Nukumbi tribe and endangering Gale's holdings. En route, he picks up four survivors of Nukumbi raids: hunter Dan Harder, former teacher Peggy, and two kids. But Dan has hidden motives for coming along; and the Nukumbi are lying in wait. (imdb)
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Summer and Smoke Summer and Smoke (1961)
Summary: Since childhood, spinster Alma Winemiller (Geraldine Page) has loved handsome young Dr. John Buchanan, Jr. (Laurence Harvey). But John has fallen hard for Rosa Zacharias (Rita Moreno), the town's sultry vamp, and descends into a seamy nightlife while ignoring Alma's dreams of romance and possible marriage. (imdb)
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The Alamo The Alamo (1960)
Summary: In 1836 General Santa Anna and the Mexican army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Huston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can. (imdb)
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In the Heat of the Night In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Summary: An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town. (imdb)