At 12 years old his leg was amputated on his mother’s kitchen table. At 40 he was a world-renowned tap dancer and regular on nation-wide TV. A cast of entertainment luminaries, including Gregory Hines, Honi Coles, Chuck Green, and Ruth Brown tells the astounding story of Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, who overcame physical challenges and racism in the entertainment industry to become an international jazz dance star and pioneering African American entrepreneur. For the 30th anniversary re-release, the 16 mm film was restored and remastered in 2K.
“A captivating portrait of Bates…An inspiration during Black History Month, or any month at all.” —The Kansas City Star
“In those days, there we’re two things for Black people. One was that Peg Legs Bates was going to be on TV and the other was Joe Louis was going to fight.” —Ruth Brown, Jazz and R&B Legend