Pearl Bailey

Pearl Mae Bailey, born in Virginia on March 29, 1918, was an American actress and singer. Bailey began by singing and dancing in Philadelphia’s black nightclubs in the 1930s, and soon started performing in other parts of the East Coast. In 1941, during World War II, Bailey toured the country with the USO, performing for American troops. After the tour, she settled in New York. Her solo successes as a nightclub performer were followed by acts with such entertainers as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. In 1946, Bailey made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman. Bailey continued to tour and record albums in between her stage and screen performances. Her rendition of "Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952. On November 19, 1952, Bailey married jazz drummer Louie Bellson in London. They adopted a child, Tony, in the mid-1950s, and subsequently a girl, Dee Dee J. Bellson, born April 20, 1960. In 1954, she took the role of Frankie in the film version of Carmen Jones, and her rendition of "Beat Out That Rhythm on the Drum" is one of the highlights of the film. She also starred in the Broadway musical House of Flowers. In 1959, she played the role of Maria in the film version of Porgy and Bess, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Also that year, she played the role of "Aunt Hagar" in the movie St. Louis Blues, alongside Mahalia Jackson, Eartha Kitt, and Nat King Cole. Though she was originally considered for the part of Annie Johnson in the 1959 film Imitation of ...

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Peter Gunn (1989)

Peter Gunn, a connoisseur of beautiful women and cool jazz, is an ex-cop turned private eye who's caught in the middle of a dangerous gang war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Peter Jurasik  •  Jennifer Edwards  •  Barbara Williams

Peter Gunn, a connoisseur of beautiful women and cool jazz, is an ex-cop turned private eye who's caught in the middle of a dangerous gang war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Peter Jurasik  •  Jennifer Edwards  •  Barbara Williams

Porgy and Bess (1959)

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Sammy Davis Jr.  •  Pearl Bailey

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Sammy Davis Jr.  •  Pearl Bailey

The Landlord (1970)

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Lee Grant  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Diana Sands

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Lee Grant  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Diana Sands

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

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When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rich  •  Ted Berman  •  Art Stevens
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Kurt Russell  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Jack Albertson

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rich  •  Ted Berman  •  Art Stevens
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Kurt Russell  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Jack Albertson

That Certain Feeling (1956)

When Larry Larkin's comic strip needs some freshening up, he calls in ghost-writer Francis X. Dignan to help him with the strip. Things get complicated when Francis rekindles his love for his ex-wife, who happens to be Larkin's secretary and soon-to-be wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melvin Frank  •  Norman Panama
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  George Sanders  •  Pearl Bailey

When Larry Larkin's comic strip needs some freshening up, he calls in ghost-writer Francis X. Dignan to help him with the strip. Things get complicated when Francis rekindles his love for his ex-wife, who happens to be Larkin's secretary and soon-to-be wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melvin Frank  •  Norman Panama
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  George Sanders  •  Pearl Bailey

Night of 100 Stars (1982)

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway (1969)

"On Broadway" featured Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey, both red hot after their respective runs in the smash hit "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway. The special was filmed on the stage of the Wintergarden Theater in New York and originally aired on ABC in 1969. Together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Carol Channing  •  Pearl Bailey

"On Broadway" featured Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey, both red hot after their respective runs in the smash hit "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway. The special was filmed on the stage of the Wintergarden Theater in New York and originally aired on ABC in 1969. Together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Carol Channing  •  Pearl Bailey

St. Louis Blues (1958)

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Reisner
CAST:  Nat King Cole  •  Eartha Kitt  •  Cab Calloway  •  Ella Fitzgerald

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Reisner
CAST:  Nat King Cole  •  Eartha Kitt  •  Cab Calloway  •  Ella Fitzgerald

Variety Girl (1947)

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (a show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Mary Hatcher  •  Olga San Juan  •  DeForest Kelley  •  Frank Ferguson

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (a show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Mary Hatcher  •  Olga San Juan  •  DeForest Kelley  •  Frank Ferguson

Norman... Is That You? (1976)

Ben and Beatrice Chambers discover that their son Norman is gay and so Ben is intent on setting him right.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Schlatter
CAST:  Redd Foxx  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Dennis Dugan  •  Tamara Dobson

Ben and Beatrice Chambers discover that their son Norman is gay and so Ben is intent on setting him right.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Schlatter
CAST:  Redd Foxx  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Dennis Dugan  •  Tamara Dobson

The Member of the Wedding (1982)

A 1982 made-for-television remake of the 1952 Fred Zinnemann film. Shown as a feature on "NBC Live Theater."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Pearl Bailey  •  Dana Hill  •  Howard Rollins  •  Benjamin Bernouy

A 1982 made-for-television remake of the 1952 Fred Zinnemann film. Shown as a feature on "NBC Live Theater."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Pearl Bailey  •  Dana Hill  •  Howard Rollins  •  Benjamin Bernouy

Bing Crosby: Rediscovered (2014)

Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century, pulling audiences in with his intimate, laid-back voice and innate charm. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Robert Trachtenberg, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Trachtenberg
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Tony Bennett  •  Mary Crosby  •  Rosemary Clooney

Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century, pulling audiences in with his intimate, laid-back voice and innate charm. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Robert Trachtenberg, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Trachtenberg
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Tony Bennett  •  Mary Crosby  •  Rosemary Clooney

Satan Claus (2010)

With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Homicide Detective Timothy Reynolds reluctantly volunteers to assist his former partner, Detective Alan Fryer, with the investigation to a slew of grisly murders left behind by a mission orientated killer during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Harrison
CAST:  James Harrison  •  Dan Delbridge  •  Russell Schumacher  •  Cassandra Harrison

With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Homicide Detective Timothy Reynolds reluctantly volunteers to assist his former partner, Detective Alan Fryer, with the investigation to a slew of grisly murders left behind by a mission orientated killer during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Harrison
CAST:  James Harrison  •  Dan Delbridge  •  Russell Schumacher  •  Cassandra Harrison

TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004)

Discover how television has reflected the African American experience in this retrospective of the medium's first half-century. Actors, writers and historians discuss the image of black America on television from Amos and Andy to the present day. The interviews ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Muhammad Ali  •  Jonelle Allen  •  John Amos  •  Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

Discover how television has reflected the African American experience in this retrospective of the medium's first half-century. Actors, writers and historians discuss the image of black America on television from Amos and Andy to the present day. The interviews ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Muhammad Ali  •  Jonelle Allen  •  John Amos  •  Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)

An ambitious farm girl rushes into marriage with a rich man, almost destroying four lives in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Anderson
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Robert Wagner  •  Susan Kohner  •  George Hamilton

An ambitious farm girl rushes into marriage with a rich man, almost destroying four lives in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Anderson
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Robert Wagner  •  Susan Kohner  •  George Hamilton

Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show (2003)

Relive the dazzling show stopping songs, dances and production numbers from some of your favorite Broadway musicals. Great Broadway Musical Moments from The Ed Sullivan Show brings you legendary musical entertainment performed by a galaxy of great Broadway stars ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Solt
CAST:  Ed Sullivan  •  Julie Andrews  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Ethel Merman

Relive the dazzling show stopping songs, dances and production numbers from some of your favorite Broadway musicals. Great Broadway Musical Moments from The Ed Sullivan Show brings you legendary musical entertainment performed by a galaxy of great Broadway stars ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Solt
CAST:  Ed Sullivan  •  Julie Andrews  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Ethel Merman

Isn't It Romantic? (1948)

Three sisters find romance in post-Civil War Indiana.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Veronica Lake  •  Mona Freeman  •  Mary Hatcher  •  Patric Knowles

Three sisters find romance in post-Civil War Indiana.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Veronica Lake  •  Mona Freeman  •  Mary Hatcher  •  Patric Knowles

Carmen Jones (1954)

The tale of the cigarette-maker Carmen and the Spanish cavalry soldier Don Jose is translated into a modern-day story of a parachute factory worker and a stalwart GI named Joe who is about to go to flying school. Conflict arises when a prize-ring champ captures the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Olga James

The tale of the cigarette-maker Carmen and the Spanish cavalry soldier Don Jose is translated into a modern-day story of a parachute factory worker and a stalwart GI named Joe who is about to go to flying school. Conflict arises when a prize-ring champ captures the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Olga James

Tubby the Tuba (1975)

When Tubby the Tuba sets out to find a melody all of his own, his journey results in this enchanting and exciting musical tale. Tubby joins the circus and striving to be part of an orchestra, he travels to the Singing City where along the way he encounters many ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Schure
CAST:  Paul Tripp  •  Dick Van Dyke  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Jack Gilford

When Tubby the Tuba sets out to find a melody all of his own, his journey results in this enchanting and exciting musical tale. Tubby joins the circus and striving to be part of an orchestra, he travels to the Singing City where along the way he encounters many ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Schure
CAST:  Paul Tripp  •  Dick Van Dyke  •  Pearl Bailey  •  Jack Gilford

Passing the Baton: The Making of The Fox and the Hound (2003)

A look at the making of the classic 1981 Disney film that saw the transition from Disney's Nine Old Men to the new guard who would usher in the Disney Renaissance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clare Baren
CAST:  Pearl Bailey  •  Randy Cartwright  •  Ron Clements  •  Ollie Johnston

A look at the making of the classic 1981 Disney film that saw the transition from Disney's Nine Old Men to the new guard who would usher in the Disney Renaissance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clare Baren
CAST:  Pearl Bailey  •  Randy Cartwright  •  Ron Clements  •  Ollie Johnston
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