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The Swamp of Racism

by Nicholas Sammond

MGM's Swing Wedding (1937) is an energetically racist rendering of popular performiing artists of the day such as Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Bessie Smith as frogs. What is particularly stunning about this cartoon is not the broad caricature, but the incredible violence that jazz inspires in the frog performers, and their seeming imperviousness to its excesses.

Swing Wedding

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A 1937 MGM cartoon that renders famous jazz musicians as swamp creatures.

from Swing Wedding (1937)
Creator: Rudolf Ising
Distributor: MGM
Posted by Nicholas Sammond