The Law of Contact

Hi De Ho (May 9, 1947)

Cab Calloway, Ida James
 

Released on May 9, 1947: (running time 63 minutes) A rival nightclub owner promises to murder Cab Calloway if he refuses to play in the gangster's club.

Directed by Josh Binney

The Actors: Cab Calloway (himself), Ida James (Nettie), Jeni Le Gon (Minnie the moocher), William Campbell (Sparks), Virginia Girvin (Sparks' girl friend), George Wiltshire (Boss Mason, racketeer), James Dunmore (Mo the Mouse, Mason's henchman), Augustus Smith (the Preacher), Edgar Martin (Jive Club Owner), Leonard Rogers (Ralph), David Bethea (Brass Hat Owner), Shepard Roberts (the police Sergeant), Frederick Johnson (the headwaiter), Dusty Fletcher (as himself), Lois (dancer), Peters Sisters (themselves) Panama Francis (himself, drummer), Milt Hinton (himself, bass player). Jonah Jones (himself, trumpet player), Dave Rivera (himself, pianist), Sam 'The Man' Taylor (himself, tenor saxophonist)

 

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The Hi De Ho Man and Minnie the Moocher

Cabell Calloway III was supposed to become a lawyer like his father, but his sister Blanche led him astray. Blanche was a nightclub singer, and Cabell had music in his veins also. While attending law school at Crane College in Chicago, he got a weekend gig playing drums and singing at the Sunset Club, a popular south side jazz club.

Before long he was leading the house band at the Sunset Club, and in 1929 Cab and the band went to New York City to see if they could find success there. The band was not well received, but the bouncing full-of-energy bandleader Cab Calloway was soon leading the house band at the prestigious Savoy Ballroom.

Two years later, in 1931, Cab Calloway and his band replaced Duke Ellington at Harlem’s Cotton Club. Soon after beginning his performances at the Cotton Club, he wrote a song called “Minnie the Moocher,” with an audience participation call and response of ‘Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi, Ho De Ho De Ho De Ho.” The Cotton Club began broadcasting his band on a nationwide radio program, and it wasn’t long before the whole country was singing the words that came to define jazz scat.

In this nightclub performance disguised as a crime adventure, Cab Calloway and his band get a job playing at a new nightclub across the street from the nightclub of a racketeer. His girlfriend Minnie the Moocher gets mad at Cab and convinces the gangsters across the street to kill Cab because he won’t play in the gangster’s nightclub. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Augustus Smith
Augustus Smith
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway, Augustus Smith, Ida James
Cab Calloway, Augustus Smith, Ida James
Cab Calloway, Ida James
Cab Calloway, Ida James
Cab Calloway, Ida James
Cab Calloway, Ida James
Cab Calloway, Jeni Le Gon
Cab Calloway, Jeni Le Gon
Cab Calloway, Jeni Le Gon
Cab Calloway, Jeni Le Gon
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Edgar Martin, Ida James
Edgar Martin, Ida James
George Wiltshire
George Wiltshire
Ida James, Edgar Martin
Ida James, Edgar Martin
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon, James Dunmore
Jeni Le Gon, James Dunmore
Jeni Le Gon, William Campbell, Cab Calloway
Jeni Le Gon, William Campbell, Cab Calloway
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon
Jeni Le Gon
Jonah Jones
Jonah Jones
Leonard Rogers, David Bethea
Leonard Rogers, David Bethea
Shepard Roberts
Shepard Roberts
William Campbell
William Campbell
William Campbell, Virginia Girvin
William Campbell, Virginia Girvin