Count Basie with Ethel Waters
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“Stage Door Canteen” is a musical with the majority of the film being concert footage. The producers were able to secure scores of cameos by Hollywood elite including Katharine Hepburn, Kenny Baker, Ethel Merman, and Harpo Marx as well as performances by top talent including Count Basie and his Orchestra, Ethel Waters, and Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee. This film was released in 1943 and distributed by United Artists.

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