Check and Double Check (1930) - Incredibly awful attempt to bring the radio sensations Amos & Andy to the big screen, from director Melville W. Brown and RKO. The overly-convoluted and sloppy plot concerns young Richard Williams (Charles Morton), just up from down south to visit some old family friends in New York, and to see about a possible inheritance that will help set him up in life. This becomes even more important when he falls for the daughter of the family friends, Jean Blair (Sue Carol). Meanwhile, two inept Harlem taxi cab proprietors, Amos (Freeman F. Gosden) and Andy (Charles J. Correll) are sent by their social lodge to a creepy abandoned house to fulfill an annual obligation concerning the memory of their order's founder. They run afoul of a shady character (Ralf Harolde) after Richard's inheritance. Also featuring Irene Rich, Edward Martindel, Rita La Roy, Roscoe Ates, and Russ Powell as the Kingfish.
This is of course the infamous, original incarnation of Amos and Andy, with white actors Gosden and Correll in blackface playing the stereotypical caricatures of ignorant and shiftless black men. They aren't as mean spirited as some of the other caricatures of the time, but it's a pathetic sight, nonetheless. The decision was also made to have all other black characters with a speaking part also be white people in blackface, although extras were cast with actual black performers. The nature of Amos and Andy is enough of a drawback, but what really killed this for me was that it is just not funny in the least. Actors like Willie Best, Stepin Fetchit and Mantan Moreland could often be hilarious despite the racially insensitive nature of their characters. But the comedy here is non-existent. The "old dark house" set-up seems tacked-on and unexploited for the inherent comedy, and none of the supporting players are very good at all, either. Gosden was said to have been unhappy with how the film turned out, and there were no other Amos and Andy features. This is surprising since the film was extremely profitable, and was the biggest hit in RKO's history until King Kong. 2/10
Source: Mill Creek Classic Musicals box set. This movie's inclusion is dubious, but it does feature one stand-out scene of Duke Ellington's band performing some songs (even using Bing Crosby's voice for one). This scene is the only reason I gave the film a 2/10 instead of a 1/10.