A milestone in so many ways.
One of the first big-budget Hollywood films with a cast of Black stars, it jams 20(!) musical numbers into a lightning-fast 77-minute running time.
Based on the life of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, an electric dancer in his own right, it backs him up with Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and Dooley Wilson in an explosion of talent.
But as good as they are, nothing can top the Nicholas brothers, Fayard and Harold, dropping what Fred Astaire himself called “the greatest movie musical sequence he had ever seen.”
He’s not lyin’.