Welcome to our new page dedicated to the memory of Nick Stewart (the voice of Brer Bear in Disney's Song of the South/the character Lightnin' in Amos 'n Andy TV show), who with his wife Edna Stewart, founded the historic Ebony Showcase Theatre in 1950. This page is currently under construction. It will soon contain many additional links to vintage videos, photos, interviews, and more. You can also purchase movies and TV shows on video and DVD or make a tax-deductible donation to support the work of the theatre and to support our rebuilding efforts.

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Click below to watch the TRIBUTE TO NICK STEWART that was presented at his memorial service


by Dan Pasternack for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
June 20, 1997.


Milton Berle, Nick Stewart and Edna Stewart on stage at the Ebony Showcase Theatre
Milton Berle was a friend to Nick and Edna Stewart. They worked as a team on the Vaudeville stage. The picture above was taken on the Ebony Showcase Theatre's stage during one of Milton Berle's frequent visits to see his friends, Nick and Edna.
Nick Stewart created Brer Bear's voice for Disneylands Splash Mountain Ride and in the movie Song of the South.

NICK STEWART appeared in the following videos and DVDS. Please purchase them here to support Nick and Edna Stewart's non profit organization, the Ebony Showcase Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, Inc. Use the links at the bottom of this page to write to us if you want to order any of the movies that are listed on this page.

... aka Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle (1987) (USA: video title)
Nick and Edna Stewart helped Robert Townsend by letting him shoot some of the movie';s scenes at the Ebony Showcase Theatre; and Robert Townsend asked Nick Stewart to appear in a cameo role in the movie so Nick played Cookie's Father.

A sharp comedy about the burdens of being a black actor, co-written, directed, produced and acted by Robert Townsend, who financed this labor of love on credit cards. The parodies of TV movie critics and the School for Black Acting are very funny. With co-writer Keenen Ivory Wayans, Anne-Marie Johnson and Helen Martin.
ITEM NO. DVD-DV62668 - Letterboxed. Includes optional Spanish soundtrack, optional French and Spanish subtitles, and theatrical trailer.

Silver Streak (1976) Nick Stewart played the Shoe Shiner who gave dark shoe polish to Gene Wilder.

In the movie " It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" ... aka" It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963) (USA: promotional title) (1963), Nick Stewart was the Migrant truck driver in the very first scene in the movie.

Forty stars and a million laughs in this wild romp featuring a cast of some of America's greatest funnymen and other celebrities: Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Edie Adams, Stan Freberg, Carl Reiner, Don Knotts, Joe E. Brown, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Terry-Thomas, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, the Three Stooges and many more, plus cameos by Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis and others.

Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) (uncredited) .... Molo
Flame of the Islands (1956) .... Willie
Phantom of the Jungle (1955) .... Willy-Willy
Thunder Over Sangoland (1955)


Carmen Jones Whizzin Away Along De Track by NilbogLAND

Nick Stewart played the part of Dink Franklin in the movie " Carmen Jones "

Otto Preminger's adaptation of the Broadway hit in which Bizet's opera is updated with an all-black cast. Oscar Hammerstein wrote new lyrics for the music and Marilyn Horne provides the singing voice for star Dorothy Dandridge. The show still belongs to Dandridge, however, who became the first African-American nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Also starring Harry Belafonte, Brock Peters,Pearl Bailey, and Nick Stewart.
ITEM NO. VHS-S21385 - $14.99
DVD-DV68714 - Letterboxed. Includes theatrical trailer, optional French soundtrack, and optional Spanish subtitles.
Otto Preminger USA 1954 105 mins.

"Ebony Showcase Presents" (1953) TV Series .... Host
No Holds Barred (1952) .... Stick-Up Man
"Ramar of the Jungle" (1952) TV Series .... Willy-Willy

AMOS 'N' ANDY (1951) TV Series (as Nick O'Demus) .... Lightnin'

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East Side, West Side (1949) (uncredited) .... Red Cap
Voice of the Turtle, The (1947) (uncredited) .... First Elevator Operator
... aka One for the Book (1947) (USA: reissue title)
Down to Earth (1947) (uncredited) .... Porter
Trail to San Antone (1947) -Nick Stewart is uncredited in " Trail to San Antone"where he played the part of Sandy

Nick Stewart is (uncredited in the movie "Perfect Marriage"

A screwball farce about the marriage of airplane factory executive David Niven and fashion editor Loretta Young. On their tenth anniversary, a minor argument escalates into a severe misunderstanding and the two promptly initiate divorce proceedings. Their precocious nine-year-old daughter (Nina Griffith), caught in the middle, tries to bring about a reconciliation. With Eddie Albert, Virginia Field, Jerome Cowan and Rita Johnson.
ITEM NO. VHS-S19903 - $19.98

SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946) (voice)
(as Nicodemus Stewart) .... Br'er Bear

The Briar Patch

Everybody's Got a Laughin' Place

Brer Rabbit Runs Away

Night Train to Memphis (1946) (as Nicodemus Stewart) .... Porter
Centennial Summer (1946) (uncredited) .... Redcap

NIGHT AND DAY (1946) (uncredited) .... Black Waiter

Cary Grant plays Cole Porter, the composer who thrilled the world for 40 years with his witty, dramatic and memorable songs. Grant and the rest of the cast sing over twenty Porter classics in this Technicolor film that follows Porter from his undergraduate days at Yale to international acclaim.
ITEM NO. VHS-S14315 - $19.98
DVD-DV72396 - Includes French and Spanish subtitles. Closed-captioned. $19.97

Michael Curtiz USA 1946 128 mins.

Nick Stewart is uncredited in "Behind Green Lights" where he plays a Black man

When a murder victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters, police lieutenant Sam Carson (William Gargen) is torn between his devotion to duty and the opportunity to do something dishonest for political gain. Starring Carole Landis, Richard Crane and John Ireland.
ITEM NO. VHS-S59160 - $19.95
Otto Brower USA 1946 65 mins.

COLONEL EFFINGHAM'S RAID (1946) ... aka Man of the Hour (1946) (UK)

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Nick Stewart is uncredited in Colonel Effingham's Raid, where he played the part of " Ninety Eight"

Director: Irving Pichel
Starring: Charles Coburn, Joan Bennett, William Eythe, Allyn Joslyn, Elizabeth Patterson, Donald Meek, Cora Witherspoon.
Description: Retired army colonel launches a military campaign against city hall to save his town's lone historical landmark from being renamed after the corrupt mayor. From the novel by Barry Fleming.
Color/B&W: B&W. Running Time: 70 mins. Item #2447 $14.99 Format: VHS
One Way to Love (1946) (uncredited)

DAKOTA (1945) (as Nicodemus Stewart). Nick played Nicodemus (Capt. Bounce's Bosun)

John Wayne becomes involved with a land war in Fargo, North Dakota. He sides with the wheat farmers against a gang of greedy opportunists, headed by Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki. Lots of two-fisted action before the cavalry shows up. With Vera Ralston and Walter Brennan as Capt. Bounce.
DVD-DV63686 - $14.98
Joseph Kane USA 1945 82 mins.
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) (uncredited) .... Porter

Nick played a part in "Abbott and Costello in Hollywood"
The comic misadventures of Abbott & Costello in three of their hits: S. Sylvan Simon's 1942 musical Rio Rito and the 1945 Abbott & Costello in Hollywood, and Charles Riesner's Lost in a Harem.
ITEM NO. VHS-S17326 - $49.92

I Love a Bandleader (1945) .... Willie Winters
... aka Memory for Two (1945) (UK)
Zombies on Broadway Zombies on Broadway (1945) (uncredited) .... Worthington
... aka Loonies on Broadway (1945) (UK)
Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944) (as Nicodemus Stewart) .... Chauncey: the Chauffeur
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) (uncredited) .... Dining Car Waiter
Follow the Boys (1944) .... Lt. Reynolds
... aka Three Cheers for the Boys (1944) (USA)
Heavenly Body, The (1943) (uncredited) .... Willie
Stormy Weather (1943) (uncredited) .... Cousin Jake
Hoosier Holiday (1943) (as Nicodemus) .... Aloysius Lincoln
... aka Farmyard Follies (1943) (UK)
False Faces (1943) (as Nicodemus Stewart) .... Mack
... aka Attorney's Dilemma, The (1943) (UK)

CABIN IN THE SKY (1943) (as Nicodemus Stewart)

.... Dude
Minnelli's first chance to direct was by MGM starring an all-black cast. Eddie Anderson (Rochester on the Jack Benny Show) proves to be an outstanding actor, with Ethel Waters as the woman who saves his life, Lena Horne, and an appearance by Louis Armstrong.
ITEM NO. VHS-S01747 - $19.98
Vincente Minnelli USA 1943 99 mins.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Starring: Patsy Kelly, Roscoe Karns, Joan Blair, Carol Hughes, Maxie Rosenbloom, Luis Alberni, Hal Price, Al St. John, Nick Stewart.
Description: After writing elaborate tales to his war correspondent son, making junior think that Dad's a local bigwig, pops must think fast when when he receives a telegram announcing his son's impending visit. Co-Written by Edgar G. Ulmer & Sam Newfield.
Color/B&W: B&W. Running Time: 66 mins. Item #3209 $14.99 Format: VHS

HIT PARADE OF 1943 (1943) (uncredited) .... Willie
... aka Change of Heart (1949) (USA: reissue title) Director: Albert S. Rogell.
Starring: John Carroll, Susan Hayward, Eve Arden, Gail Patrick, Dorothy Dandridge, Count Basie, Freddy Martin, Ray McKinley and their orchestras.
Description: Carroll plays a down-on-his-luck publisher who steals a song from budding songwriter Hayward, who plots revenge. Features an early appearance of Dandridge. Produced by Albert J. Cohen.
Color/B&W: B&W. Running Time: 90 mins. Item #1409 $14.99 Format: VHS

SUNSET SERENADE (1942) (uncredited) .... SamBR Director: Joseph Kane
Starring: Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Helen Parrish, Onslow Stevens, Joan Woodbury, The Sons of the Pioneers.
Description: Easterner must defend her newly acquired ranch when a villain tries to cheat her out of it. It's up to Roy and The Pioneers to save the day. Songs include: "I'm Headin' for the Home Corral", "He's a No Good Son of a Gun", "Sandman Lullaby", "Song of the San Joaquin", & "I'm a Cowboy Rockefeller". UNCUT ROY ROGERS WESTERN!
Color/B&W: B&W. Running Time: 58 mins. Item #4080 $14.99 Format: VHS

West of Cimarron (1941) (uncredited) .... Jason Brown

ROBIN HOOD OF THE PECOS (1941) (uncredited) .... Mose Johnson

Director: Joseph Kane.
Starring: Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Marjorie Reynolds, Cy Kendall, Sally Payne, Roscoe Ates, Spade Cooley.
Description: Immediately following the Civil War, a former Confederate soldier from Texas becomes a modern day Robin Hood to counteract the doings of corrupt Northern politicians. Produced by Joseph Kane.
Color/B&W: B&W. Running Time: 56 mins. Item #3236 $14.99
Format: VHS
Wall Street Cowboy (1939) (uncredited) .... Porter
Dark Manhattan (1937) (uncredited) .... Pete
Mind Your Own Business (1936) (as Nicodemus) .... Butler
Go West Young Man (1936) (as Nicodemus Stewart) .... Nicodemus
Prosperity (1932) (uncredited) .... Train Porter
Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances

Miscellaneous Crew - filmography

Hollywood Shuffle (1987) (thanks)
... aka Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle (1987) (USA: video title)

Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances

Himself - filmography
(2000s) (1990s)

Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (2002) (TV) .... Himself

Spencer Williams: Remembrances of an Early Black Film Pioneer (1996) (V) .... Himself

Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances

Notable TV Guest Appearances

"Mister Ed" (1961) playing "Mailman" in episode: "My Horse, the Mailman" (episode # 5.21) 28 April 1965
"Mister Ed" (1961) playing "Park Cleanup Man" in episode: "Ed the Sentry" (episode # 5.14) 3 March 1965
"Mister Ed" (1961) playing "Mailman" in episode: "Ed Writes Dear Abby" (episode # 5.3) 18 October 1964
"Mister Ed" (1961) playing "Charles" in episode: "Mae West Meets Mister Ed" (episode # 4.21) 22 March 1964
"Ben Casey" (1961) playing "Proprietor" in episode: "Allie" (episode # 3.4) 2 October 1963

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A Word From Valarie Stewart: The Ebony Showcase Theatre is a 501(c)(3) award-winning non profit charity founded in 1950 by my parents, Nick and Edna Stewart. My father was an early pioneer in vaudeville, radio, stage, movies, and television. He is remembered as the voice of Brer Bear in Disney's animated movie, Song of the South (1946) and Disneyland's Splash Mountain Ride, and Lightnin' on the Amos 'n Andy TV show; but he did much more than that. My purpose here is to raise awareness and to restore my parent's true legacy.

All of the white buildings shown in this photo were a part of the theater complex. The entire complex that had housed our organization, including a house not shown in the picture, was taken in eminent domain by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. The theater ediface was demolished in 1998, the rest of he complex was demolished, building-by-building. Redevelopment and its abuses were abolished by Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Supreme Court and officially ended in 2012, too late to save our buildings.

Contrary to propaganda on the internet and elsewhere, we have absolutely no affiliation with the City-owned Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, nor with the Ebony Repertory Theater that is housed there. They are often confused with our organization because their theater was built where our buildings once stood.

Thank you to everyone who helped us in the past. Your contributions were not in vain. We were able to transform into an internet-based service where we continue to provide quality entertainment through our MailOrder MovieHouse Project where we sell classic movies and vintage TV shows (on DVD), such as silent and talkie movies, documentaries, rare and hard-to-find classics, etc., that provide both entertainment and education; and through our People Need to Know Project where we tell about special internet offers, present and address important issues to tell the other side of the story. Our motto is " Education, Artistic and Cultural Enrichment, through Entertainment. " We are now enrolling young people for our Internet Broadcasting World Project where we train young people at the campus of a nearby university. We need your encouragement and support. We welcome your ideas. This is a monumental task that I cannot do alone. If you are a fan of my parent's work, and if my father entertained you, please click the Wish List link to find out how you can help continue their goals and honor their legacy. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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