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Clean Pastures

by Nicholas Sammond

This 1937 Warner Bros. parody of the race films Green Pastures (1936), directed by Friz Freling, caricatures jazz greats such as Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong, imagining a segregated African-American heaven and hell in which god and the devil vie for the souls of the residents of Harlem. Compare with Wonder Bar (1938) and Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943).

Clean Pastures

Warner Bros. parody of Green Pastures manages to up the racist stereotyping in the name of humor.

from Clean Pastures (1937)
Creator: Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor: Private Collection
Posted by Nicholas Sammond