The Nicholas Brothers

I was chatting with Mr Trivia about  The Nicholas Brothers recently, and he didn’t know who they were.  So, I decided it was time to rectify his ignorance and sent him towards their Wikipedia entry and told him to look at the YouTube.

Harold and Fayard Nicholas were amazing tap dancers who came to prominence in the 1930s. They had a particularly athletic, even acrobatic style which you can see here in this clip from the 1943 feature film STORMY WEATHER.  Cab Calloway sings Jumpin’ Jive for a minute and a half and then the Nicholas Brothers begin their act.

If you’ve never seen them dance, this is definitely worth five minutes of your time.  It’s pure joy.


2 thoughts on “The Nicholas Brothers

  1. Quite good aren't they? Effortless. And fit I bet. Why didn't white and black dance together. We're so bloody childish. I note this is a "coloured" audience. Died at 79 and 92 yo respectively, eh? I've just been watching <a title="how to avoid cancer by eating" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql14I5W4xOs">this anti-cancer food video</a> and seeing these guys makes me wanna do a couple of laps around the river and get me some Brazil nuts.

  2. Many big studio musicals of this era had sequences where the 'black musical act' could be cut out of the movie without affecting the plot. This was so it could be shown to white audiences in parts of the US that segregated blacks and whites. At first glance this sequence seems like it could be another example of this – however STORMY WEATHER was unusual because it had a predomininately black cast including Bill Robinson, Fats Waller and Lena Horne. If you enjoy this era of American popular music, this film is a gem.

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