Cabin In the Sky

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Released 1943

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Director:
Vincente Minnelli
Released:
1943
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Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 fantasy musical directed by Vincente Minnelli about a slothful gambler, Joseph 'Little Joe' Jackson (Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson), who must face himself in purgatory. Little Joe has had a gambling addiction for years, and when a debt needs to be collected, he winds up getting shot by a collector, Domino Johnson (John W. Sublett). Petunia Jackson (Ethel Waters) believes her husband is dead and, being a godly woman and fearing for her husband's soul, she prays for Joe's chance to go to Heaven, as she thinks that, while he was not a bad man, he was not good enough to get into Heaven. Joe receives the company of two messengers, one from God and Lucifer, respectively. They make a deal with Joe, that if he is willing to offer his soul up to either one, he may live for another six months to decide his standing, but he cannot remember the deal. Lucifer learns various ways of controlling Joe's addictive behavior to his advantage, but will that be enough to damn Joe?

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Drama, Fantasy, Music

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Musicals, African-American Drama, Classics