Selected Filmography

Compiled by David G. Berger 

Films and videos are listed in chronological order, using Jazz on the Screen:
A Jazz and Blues Filmography by David Meeker
(Library of Congress.)


I  contains a Hinton interview

P  contains a Hinton performance

Ph  contains Hinton photographs. 

Distributors for the films and videos listed are not identified listed because

they change frequently. Current information is available on the internet. 

1937   Hi De Ho. Directed by Roy Mack. Hinton performs with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. (P)

1942   Soundies, with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. Includes “Virginia,

           Georgia and Caroline,” “Blues in the Night,” “Minnie the Moocher,”and “The Skunk Song”. (P) 

1943   Stormy Weather. Directed byAndrew Stone. Hinton performs with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. (P) 

1945  Soundies, with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. Directed by William

            Forest Crouch. Includes “Blowtop Blues,” “Foo, A Little Bally- Hoo,” “I Was Here When You Left Me,”

          “Walking With My Honey,”and “We, the Cats, Shall Hep Ya”. (P)

1947   Hi-De-Ho. Directed by Josh Binney.  Hinton performs with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra and also

           conducts the Orchestra on several songs. (P) 

1950  Cab Calloway and His Cabaliers Telescriptions. Directed by Duke

            Goldstone. Hinton performs with a small band including Panama

            Francis and Jonah Jones. Songs include “I Can’t Give You Anything

            But Love Baby,” “Minnie the Moocher,” “One for My Baby,” and

            “St. James Infirmary”. (P)  

1957   The Sound of Jazz. Directed by Jack Smight. PBS Seven Lively Arts

            series. Hinton performs with all-star bands that include Red Allen,

            Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones,

            Pee Wee Russell, Ben Webster, and Lester Young. (P)

1959   The Timex All Star Jazz Show No. 4. Directed by David Geisel. (P) 

1961   After Hours. Directed by Shepard Traube. Hinton is featured with

            Cozy Cole, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, and others. (P) 

            Chicago and All That Jazz, Directed by James Elson. Dupont Show of the Week. (P) 

1969   Duke Ellington at the White House. Directed by Sidney J. Stiber. (P) 

            L’Aventure Du Jazz. Directed by Louis and Claudine Pannasie. (P) 

1971   One Night Stand with Lionel Hampton. Directed by Sidney Smith.

            Hinton performs with Joe Bushkin, Lionel Hampton, Mel Tormé and others. (P) 

1977   The Great Rocky Mountain Jazz Party. Directed by Vilis Lapenieks.

            Hinton plays and sings with all-star bands. (P) 

1984   Billie Holiday: The Long Night of Lady Day. Directed by John Jeremy. (I, Ph)

1985   The Apollo Story, Part 1. Directed by Cathe Neukum. BBC Arena series.(I)

            Milt and Honi. Directed by Louise Tiranoff. The lives of Hinton

            and tap dancer Honi Coles are explored through interviews,

            photographs, and a Hinton-Coles performance created for the production. (I, P, Ph.)

1988   Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano. Directed by Howard Johnson. (I) 

1989   Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs. Directed by Harrison Engle. (P) 

            Performance at the White House. Hinton performs with Benny

            Carter and Dick Hyman. (P) 

            Ben Webster: The Brute and the Beautiful. Directed by John Jeremy. (I, Ph)

1990   John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen. Directed by Hart Perry. (I)

            Chester Zardis: The Spirit of New Orleans. Directed by Preston McClanahan. (I, P)

            Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong. Directed by Kendrick

            Simmons and Gary Giddins. PBS American Masters series. (I) 

1991   Texas Tenor. Directed by Arthur Elgort. (I) 

            Golden Jazz Concert: Modern Jazz All Stars Tribute to Benny

            Goodman. Hinton performs with Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs and others. (P)

1992   Festival de Jazz de Montreux. Hinton performs with Louie Bellson, Harry “Sweets” Edison and others. (P) 

1993   Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing. Directed by Oren Jacoby. (I)

           A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Directed by Debbie Geller. BBC Arena series. (I, Ph)

1994   A Great Day in Harlem. Directed by Jean Bach. Contains archival home movies taken by Mona Hinton. (I, P, Ph) 

1995   Flip Phillips’ 80th Birthday Party. Hinton performs with all-stars

            including Kenny Davern, Scott Hamilton, Peanuts Hucko, Dick

            Hyman, Flip Phillips and others. (P) 

            The Long Island Jazz Festival, 1993. Directed by Bruce Ricker. (I, P)

1997   The Spitball Story. Directed by Jean Bach. (I, P, Ph) 

2000   Jazz. Directed by Ken Burns. “Episode 2: The Gift;” “Episode 4:

            The True Welcome;”  “Episode 5: Swing Pure Pleasure;” “Episode 7:

            Dedicated to Chaos;”  “Episode 9: The Adventure” (I, Ph)

2002  Keeping Time: The Life, Music, & Photographs of Milt Hinton.

            Directed by David G. Berger, Holly Maxson, and Kate Hirson.

            Hinton’s life story is told using interviews (with Hinton, Nat

            Hentoff, Gregory Hines, Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, and others),

           archival footage, and several hundred Hinton photographs.   (I, P, Ph)