Sunday, April 22, 2012

Speaking of Lionpower

If you watched the Lionpower from MGM featurette that TCM showed overnight between Friday and Saturday, one of the films you'll have noticed is The Comedians. It's a story about people in Haiti in the early days of the "Papa Doc" Duvalier regime. Obviously, they couldn't film in Haiti, so to get the tropical locations, they went to Benin, a country in western Africa between Ghana and Nigeria. Back then, the country was still called Dahomey.

All this is told in the short The Comedians in Africa, which TCM is showing today just after Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, at about 3:45 PM. It's worth a look if you haven't seen it before. As for The Comedians, it doesn't seem to be on the TCM schedule any time soon.

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