Amos ‘n Andy:
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy very popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the series was first broadcast in 1928, it grew in popularity and became a huge influence on the radio serials that followed.
In 1930, RKO brought Gosden and Correll to Hollywood to do an Amos and Andy feature film, Check and Double Check (a catch phrase from the radio show). The cast included a mix of white and black performers (the latter including Duke Ellington and his orchestra). Gosden and Correll played Amos and Andy in blackface. The film pleased neither critics nor Gosden or Correll themselves, but became RKO's biggest box office hit prior to King Kong.
Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party. All the regular characters are here (or mentioned), including the famous Mystic Knights of the Sea. The only film appearance of radio's long-running characters.
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