Stepin Fetchit was a celebrated American film actor of Bahamian and Jamaican descent. He was also a vaudevillian and comedian. He is regarded as the first black actor who had an accomplishing film career. He also holds the feat of being the first black actor who earned featured screen credit in a movie. His persona was billed as the ‘Laziest Man in the World’ during the 1930s on stage and in films. He played various comic relief roles based on the same character. He earned a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’ He was also inducted into the ‘Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.’ Some of his famous films include ‘Hearts in Dixie,’ ‘Big Timers,’ ‘Stand Up and Cheer!,’ ‘Miracle in Harlem,’ ‘Judge Priest,’ ‘In Old Kentucky,’ ‘Bend of The River,’ ‘Steamboat Round the Bend,’ ‘Charlie Chan in Egypt,’ and more.
A Louisiana con man decides to enter a race with his steamboat, not only to win the prize but also to locate an eyewitness, who is crucial to exonerating his nephew, wrongly sentenced to death for murder.
Love is News is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a prying newspaper reporter who goes after a rich heiress, to get an exclusive story with her. Annoyed with the articles that he published, she announces to the press that she is engaged to him.
Set in mid nineteenth century New York, the story focuses on Dimples Appleby, a child street performer, who lives with her actor grandfather, unaware that he also has to pickpocket to provide for her. She discovers the truth while performing at the Drew family home and takes up the blame to protect him. Impressed, the Mrs. Drew opens her home to her, intending to give her a comfortable life.
A Mississippi country doctor, Henry Tibbitt, is asked to treat a sick circus elephant, which gets attached to Henry and follows him everywhere. Henry’s daughter Mary, who hopes to marry Jeff Carter, is disliked by Jeff’s conceited mother. Mrs. Carter capitalizes on the elephant’s affection to demonstrate that the unconventional Tibbitts are unsuitable for them, and instigates circus-owner to sue Henry Tibbitt.
Richard Girard is part of a New Orleans family, who works closely with the English family, the Warburtons. Richard eventually gets married to Mary Warburton, but during the Great Depression, they face a lot of struggles.
Marie is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship. However, she manages to escape, and begins a new life as a singer, in order to earn her safe passage back home. However, she gets involved in a plot to destroy the canal.
Stand Up and Cheer! is a 1934 American musical film, which revolves around the former US President Franklin Roosevelt, who in order to cheer out his people still suffering through the Depression, appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement.
Known for the large number of cameo appearances by Hollywood's golden age actors and actresses, the movie is loosely based on the film debut of Rin Tin Tin, a male German shepherd, who follows an aspiring actress to Hollywood; but himself becomes an international star.