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Kate Smith Pickaninny Heaven

from HELLO EVERYBODY (1933). Another addition to the "What Were They Thinking?" file. At the height of the Great Depression, Hollywood decided to make a Movie Star of songstress Smith. It is a wonder how this number, made with the best intentions certainly, made it past the censors. This ridiculous racist ditty is the high point in a silly attempt to pass off ample Kate as a bona fide film star. A favorite of newly elected FDR, Kate was years away from her signature GOD BLESS AMERICA fame.
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