Fetchit, Stepin

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004

    Character actor of the 1930s who was the archetype for the caricature of the lazy, “shif’less Negro”, offensive by today’s standards. Perhaps mercifully, movies with him are rarely shown today.

    Fetchit is caricatured in Clean Pastures (Freleng, 1937) as one of the old-fashioned angels, until Heaven gets wise and sends down some hep cats: Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. One of the Sebben Dwarfs in Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs (Clampett, 1943) also appears to be something of a Stepin Fetchit caricature.

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