The Essential Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Films
I truly appreciate that @johnniehobbs requested this "one-percenter" of a list (as in, one percent of ListApp users could possibly care about it). Eddie "Rochester" Anderson was best known as the foil to legendary comedian Jack Benny. (Oh, wait - @doesntmattr might care about this list, too!) I went ahead and ranked these. Rochester forever.
- 1.Cabin in the Sky (1943)A musical that is remarkably honest about addiction and codependency. Eddie donated his Los Angeles home to become a rehab center. The Rochester House drug rehab is still there today. In "Cabin," Eddie is vulnerable and heartbreaking as Little Joe. His scenes with Lena Horne are phenomenal. Eddie's masterpiece.
- 2.Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)In the most incredible scene, Eddie is subjected to a vicious racial joke - and responds by MOONWALKING. As in, the dance move that made Michael Jackson a legend more than four decades later. But Eddie does it in FUCKING 1940. There used to be a clip of it on YouTube called "Slippery Feet," but it got taken down. I really wish I could share it with you. It's beautiful.
- 3.The Green Pastures (1936)
- 4.You Can't Cheat an Honest ManWith W.C. Fields!
- 5.Brewster's Millions (1945)
- 6.Love Thy Neighbor (1940)A single, amazingly hilarious "meta" scene with Rochester speaking to himself in the mirror puts this one on the list.
- 7.The Meanest Man in the World (1943)
- 8.Gone With the Wind (1939)Ranked this one last just to be "controversial" (as if anyone cares!).