The Renoir Charleston 1927

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From the Jean Renoir short: CHARLESTON PARADE 1927
This rather strange Charleston is performed by French actress Catherine Hessling who was also Jean Renoir’s wife at the time. Also appearing is African American dancer Johnny Hudgins who often performed a blackface pantomime routine which became popular in both America and Europe in the 1920’s. In this routine he does some classic minstrel steps all of which is to say the least politically incorrect today. The background music consists of Tiny Parham’s 1929 recording of “Washboard Wiggles” and Jelly Roll Morton’s 1926 recording of “Steamboat Stomp”. I stretched the video out some so I could get almost all of both of these great old records in.

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