Cabin in the Sky (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cabin in the Sky1943

Cabin in the Sky (1943)



Critic Consensus: Cabin in the Sky's racial stereotypes are impossible to ignore -- but so are its irresistible musical numbers and brilliantly talented cast.

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Mortally shot at a crap game, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson gets a six-month Heavenly reprieve thanks to prayers from wife and True Believer Ethel Waters, but Rex Ingram's "Lucifer Jr." has a secret weapon in the ensuing battle for Anderson's soul: Lena Horne's sultry Sweet Georgia Brown. But Ethel proves to have "everything you've got and whole lot more." Minnelli's first major movie musical features some of the top African American talent of the day, including John Bubbles, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. But it's above all a showcase for top-billed Waters' enormous singing, dancing, comedy, and acting talents. -- (C) Film Forum

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Ethel Waters
as Petunia Jackson
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
as Little Joe Jackson
Lena Horne
as Georgia Brown
Louis Armstrong
as The Trumpeter
Rex Ingram
as Lucius/Lucifer Jr.
Kenneth Spencer
as Rev. Green, the General
Oscar Polk
as The Deacon/Flatfoot
Mantan Moreland
as First Idea Man
Willie Best
as Second Idea Man
Fletcher Rivers
as Third Idea Man, Moke
Leon James
as Fourth Idea Man, Poke
Ford L. Washington
as Messenger Boy
Ruby Dandridge
as Mrs. Kelso
Ernest Whitman
as Jim Henry
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Critic Reviews for Cabin in the Sky

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (18)

[Cabin in the Sky] is one of the most charming, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable pictures that Hollywood has sent out in some time.

December 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It is something for you to go out of your way to see and hear.

December 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The chief fault, it seems to us, is the unimaginative direction of Vincente Minnelli who never takes full advantage of the motion picture medium's facilities for creating fantasy... If Minnelli has fumbled his opportunities, Miss Waters has not.

December 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Like many star-filled pictures, this one never really shows off its crowded heavens.

December 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The superb artistry with which [Ethel Waters] is so richly endowed is constantly in evidence, not only in her interpretation of the songs but in the emotional power she displays, as well as the gayer manifestations.

December 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Cabin in the Sky would be worth the price if only to permit observation of Miss Waters' acting skill.

December 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cabin in the Sky

If you like musicals and stories about heaven and hell, this film will be something to experience.

Linda K. T.
Linda K. T.

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