Stormy Weather is chockful of the cream-of-the-crop colored talent, with a deft story skein to hold it together. Bill Robinson and Lena Horne top the cast. It’s a tribute to the affection in which Bojangles is held that the story plot is glossed over in favor of all the other components.
Story nicely spans both wars. Lt Jim Europe’s band is marching up 5th Ave in a riotous homecoming. Dooley Wilson, Robinson and the others have come back from the wars. The big Harlem hoopla thus projects Lena Horne who takes a liking immediately to Robinson. Her partner (Babe Wallace) is the menace, a conceited professional.
Story is told via the flashback formula. A 25th Anniversary Number of Theatre World holds the plot together. The special edition is in tribute to the great trouper, Robinson. Surrounding him are the neighbors’ children on his comfortable, handsome front porch.
Via the Theatre World anniversary number, Robinson continues crossing and re-crossing paths with Horne, in and out of shows, Hollywood filmusicals, etc, with Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham and her expert troupe of ballet dancers, Fats Waller, the Nicholas Bros, plus others.