Born Loretta Mary Aiken in 1894, Jackie Mabley, better known as "Moms," made a career of spinning hardship into comic gold. With her pioneering comedic forays into race relations, feminist and lesbian issues, "Moms" Mabley is best remembered for nine classic comedy albums recorded for Chess Records and her appearance in the 1974 feature film Amazing Grace. In this original 1948 film, Moms Mabley oversees a boarding house of down-'n-out vaudevillians who put on a show to raise the money for the rent. "Moms" and little tramp Dusty Fletcher play host to the boarding house's parade of zany tenants.

Almost exclusively performed by an all-black cast, Boarding House Blues was made for an African-American audience and as a result, possesses a tone and spirit radically different than most films of the '40s. Still fresh and unapologetically unrefined, Boarding House Blues is an unusual musical comedy revue featuring show-stopping performances from alluring singer pianist Una Mae Carlisle, rapscallions Stump & Stumpy and the legendary "Crip" Heard, a dancer with only one leg and one arm! Also included are feature performances by Lucky Millinder & His Band, The Berry Brothers, Bull Moose Jackson, Lewis & White, Anistine Allen, Paul Breckenridge, Stump & Stumpy, and The Lee Norman Trio.

(1948 - B&W - 87 Minutes) This DVD is in Mint!