From YouTube, produced by Four Seasons Productions
This is a video in black-and-white that includes footage of Cab Calloway playing saxophone jazz at Roseland, and a dancing man, while Langston Hughes' poem "The Weary Blues" is recited like a languid croon. Blues music accompanies the recitation. Street scenes shown the streets of New York City, The Savoy, The Plantation, a dancing woman's shadow, a singing man, Bop City, No text is included. The picture quality is vintage; sound quality is exceptional. This poem won first prize in the poetry section of the 1925 Opportunity magazine literary contest, and launched his literary career. His first volume of poetry, also titled The Weary Blues, appeared in 1926.
Portrait of Langston Hughes, Feb. 29, 1936; by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress.(4:23)