Check and Double Check (1930): Pre-Code Comedy, Based on Amos n’ Andy Radio Show

RKO produced Check and Double Check, a pre-Code comedy, based on the popular Amos ‘n’ Andy radio show.

Check and Double Check

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Melville W. Brown, from a screenplay by Bert Kalmar, J. Walter Ruben, and Harry Ruby, it starred Charles Correll and black-faced Freeman Gosden, as Andy and Amos, respectively, in roles they had created for the radio show.

The film also features Duke Ellington and his “Cotton Club Band.”

The Premise:

Amos and Andy run the “Fresh Air Taxicab Company, Inc.” named for their topless cab. When their old vehicle breaks down, John Blair and wife, on their way to meet a family friend at the train station, get caught in the traffic jam, leading to all kinds of complications.

Check and Double Check, title derives from a catchphrase used in the show, was one of 1930’s top-grossing films.


Directed by Melville W. Brown
Produced by William LeBaron
Written by Bert Kalmar, J. Walter Ruben, Harry Ruby
Cinematography William Marshall
Edited by Claude Berkeley

Production and distribution: RKO Radio Pictures

Release date: October 25, 1930

Running time: 77 minutes.
Budget: about $ 1 million

Box office $1,8 million