Restored and remastered in 2K from the original 16 mm film, this one-hour PBS documentary tells the remarkable story of Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, the famous one-legged black tap dancer and Catskill resort owner. Bates’ unusual career spanned minstrel shows to the early days of television, when he became a regular guest on the Ed Sullivan Show. At age 12, Clayton Bates took a job in a cotton seed mill, and fell into an open auger. His mutilated leg was amputated on his mother’s kitchen table. By age forty, Peg Leg Bates was an international tap dancing star, and had founded an all-black resort which was an oasis for generations of African-Americans during segregation.
With Gregory Hines, Honi Coles, Chuck Green, Ruth Brown, Lon Chaney, Buster Brown, and Percy Sutton.
Produced by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards; Directed by Dave Davidson
Editor/Associate Producer Rick Smigielski; Director of Photography Jay Kent
Runtime: 57 minutes
DVD Region 0
“An exceptional documentary… A virtual treasure chest of spiritual inspiration which should be viewed by dancers and non-dancers alike… We should be permanently grateful that such a documentary now exists.” – David Stine, Attitude Magazine
“Energetic and Adroit.. Dazzling stuff” – Winston-Salem Journal