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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Amazing Grace (1974)


    Moms Mabley, billed as "The Funniest Woman in The World," and one of the most successful African-American comedians of all-time, brings her biting humor to the big screen in a starring roles as "Amazing Grace." Moms Mabley is Grace Taesdale Grimes, a Baltimore, Maryland widow who discovers that a local mayoral election is a front for pilfering funds from her neighborhood by the incumbent mayor and his cronies. Stirred to activism, Grace, with the aid of her neighbors, rallies the community to thwart the self-serving politicians in this rollicking comedy with a social bent directed by Stan Lathan (Sesame Street, The Steve Harvey Show) from a screenplay by Matt Robinson. Moms Mabley is given comic support by veterans Butterfly McQueen ("Prissy" in Gone With The Wind), Slappy White (TVs Sanford and Son), and Stephin Fetchit (Dimples, Bend of the River).

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