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We blame the arrival of this book at our office for the sudden urge to don sunglasses, pull out our trench coats, and light a cigar. Mark Fertig’s lushly oversized coffee table art book, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s, is here!

Listen, we know you’re no square. Get your kicks with our downloadable preview, then call dibs on the book when it comes out in August. You dig?

STORMY WEATHER | 1943

Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with African-American casts, the other being MGM’s Cabin in the Sky, and is considered a primary showcasing of some of the top African-American performers of the time, during an era when African-American actors and singers appearing rarely in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially the ones of the musical genre.

Starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham,
Fats Waller, Fayard Nicholas, Harold Nicholas, Ada Brown,and Dooley Wilson