Black and Tan

Directed by Dudley Murphy
Starring Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington
Run Time 19 min

In Ellington’s first filmed appearance, trumpet player Arthur Whetsol and dancer Fredi Washington play Duke’s friends who help him save his piano from bill collectors. A glittering Harlem nightclub show is an authentic treat from the 1920’s. The Ellington Orchestra plays: “The Duke Steps Out,” “Black Beauty,” “Cotton Club Storm,” “Hot Feet,” “Black and Tan Fantasy.”

Name Role
Dudley Murphy Director
Dudley Murphy Producer
Dudley Murphy Writer
Duke Ellington Cast Member
Fredi Washington Cast Member
Country United States of America
Original Language English
Run time 19 min
Year Completed 1929