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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Faust Musical ‘Cabin in the Sky’

Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Faust Musical 'Cabin in the Sky'

This week at Trailers from Hell, director John Landis takes a look at Vincente Minnelli’s musical, “Cabin in the Sky,” released in 1943.

The hit 1940 Broadway musical version of the Faust legend made it to the screen three years later, with original stars Ethel Waters and Rex Ingram heading an all-star African-American cast and first-time director Vincente Minnelli behind the camera. Jack Benny foil Eddie Anderson replaced Casablanca pianist Dooley Wilson in the lead because “Rochester” was popular enough to allay objections from exhibitors in some of the race-averse Southern states. Released in “glorious Sepiatone.”

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