The groundbreaking Christie comedies presented on this video are from the first series of talking pictures written and conceived for black performers, rare shorts from 1929 made available her for the first time. They were the brainchild of Al Christie, a pioneer director of comedy shorts who had been churning out silent comedies since 1916. His Christie Comedy Company was the studio where Hal Roach, Harold Lloyd and Fatty Arbuckle broke into films. With the advent of sound, Christie decided to produce a series of all-black cast comedy-musical shorts adapted from Octavus Roy Cohen's "Darktown Birmingham" stories, a popular feature in the Saturday Evening Post for over fifteen years. These stories featured hilarious dialect, colorful characters like Florian Slappy, Permanent Williams, and Roscoe Griggers and imaginative comic plot twists.
This DVD is encoded for Region 1 (U.S. & Canada only) and will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
Birmingham Black Bottom, is the funniest film I have ever seen. I love it. It's clean and well acted. The best video of my black collection. I wish I had it on DVD. Talithagrace in South Jersey.