Staff Person: Martha Elmore
“Pitch a Boogie Woogie” was the first movie made by a North Carolina-based production company. It featured an all-African American cast of mostly Greenville, N.C., performers and was released in 1948 by Lord-Warner Pictures, Inc. Though successful in North and South Carolina theatres, it was never shown outside that area. In 1986, East Carolina University Professor of English Alex Albright rediscovered the movie, which led to television exposure on PBS, an exhibit at the Greenville Museum of Art and a proclamation by N.C. Governor James Martin of “Pitch a Boogie Woogie Week.” Among actors in the movie who were still living in the area in 1986 was Beatrice Atkinson, an employee of Joyner Library at East Carolina University. Researchers interested in material concerning “Pitch a Boogie Woogie” will also want to look at the Boogie in Black and White Documentary Collection #1086.
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