Released in 1930, Check And Double Check brought the country's highest-rated
radio program (and the first true sitcom), Amos and Andy, to the big screen.
Producers felt audiences would accept no substitutes, so the actors who created
and played the black characters on radio, Freeman Gosden and Charles W. Correll,
star in the film. Posters read: "Here They Are... On the Screen... In Their
First All-Talking Motion Picture." The only hitch was, they were white.
The film follows the blackfaced Amos Brown and Andy Jones, owners of the
Fresh Air Taxicab Company, as they become involved in the romance of a wealthy
white couple. The plot works in much of the pairs trademark banter, a haunted
house sequence and an early appearance by the great Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington
and His Cotton Club Band, who perform several numbers. RKO-Radio Pictures knew
the film had a built-in audience and funded radio broadcasts from Hollywood to
keep Amos n Andy on the air during production. It all paid off. Check And Double
Check was the studios biggest hit of the season. And today, its our only look at
the radio pioneers who created Amos and Andy.