Cabin in the Sky [DVD] [1943]

  • SKU: 32011242
  • Release Date: 08/02/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

Special Features

  • Audio only bonus Louis Armstrong "Ain't It the Truth" Outtake
  • Commentary by Evangela Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Gigi) and stars Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
  • Fayard Nicholas Black Cultural Scholars Todd Boyd and Drew Casper, with Interview Excerpts of Lena Horne
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short Studio Visit
  • Closed Captioned


Cabin in the Sky
MGM knew it would take a bath on its all-black musical Cabin in the Sky (few Southern theaters of 1943 would touch the film), but the studio still provided its standard A-plus production values to the film; besides, it served as a training ground for up-and-coming director Vincente Minnelli. Based on the Broadway musical by Lynn Root, John LaTouche, and Vernon Duke, the film tells the story of Joe (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson), a shantytown denizen torn between the affections of faithful wife Petunia (Ethel Waters) and slinky seductress Georgia (Lena Horne). Seriously injured in a barroom brawl, Joe dreams that he is the centerpiece of a celestial power struggle between a heavenly emissary (Kenneth Spencer) and Lucifer Jr. (Rex Ingram, who ironically had played "De Lawd" in The Green Pastures). Joe is given another chance to redeem himself on Earth, lest he fall into the clutches of the Devil's little boy. Louis Armstrong briefly shows up, appropriately cast as "The Trumpeter." Song highlights include "Taking a Chance on Love," "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe," "Life's Full of Consequences," and the title song. A troubled production thanks to the on-set rivalry between Ethel Waters and Lena Horne, Cabin in the Sky is nonetheless an excellent first feature effort from Vincente Minnelli. Thanks to his careful treatment of the material, the expected patronization of the black characters does not impede latter-day enjoyment of the film as much as it might have. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ethel Waters
    Ethel Waters - Petunia Jackson
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    Eddie "Rochester" Anderson - Little Joe Jackson
  • Lena Horne
    Lena Horne - Georgia Brown
  • Louis Armstrong
    Louis Armstrong - The Trumpeter
  • Rex Ingram
    Rex Ingram - Lucius Lucifer, Jr.

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie


    This is a classic, African American film. It's a favorite of mine and my mother's. She lost her VHS years ago, so I surprised her with this DVD. She loves it and watches it often. If you love classic films, then you must see this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE experience

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My Pastor was promoting this film. I ordered it at two separate times and EACH dvd I received was defective. Best Buy said they receive these from an outside vendor and had no control over the product shipped.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a very entertaining musical. Historically it is a gem because it is the first all-black musical made in America

    I would recommend this to a friend

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