Samson Peabody is the janitor in an apartment building where he and his wife Ethel live with a large crowd of Samson’s freeloading relatives. When more relatives come to stay, Ethel throws them out. A scheming occupant of the building reads Samson’s mail and poses as a clairvoyant predicting the events of the letter; the arrival of Samson’s rich Uncle for dinner. However, the Uncle is a penniless lunatic (imagining himself to be The Emperor Jones) and a pickpocket. He steals the chicken of the dinner, several watches of the guests, the clairvoyant’s crystal ball and in the final scene, all the clothes of the people in the room.
Ethel Waters – “Taking Your Time”
Southernaires Quartet – “Hang Your Hat in a Harlem Flat”
Ethel Waters – “Darkies Never Dream”
Southernaires Quartet – “Company’s Coming Tonight”
Leigh Jason [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons