‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’
I found it in one of those $5 bins at Dollar General, along with 11 other movies. This one is by far the best.
It was made in 1981, and it shows the worse for wear, but please find it, then forgive the glitches. If you are a fan of Hank Williams, you will love it as much as I do. If you have never heard of Hank Williams, please watch it all the way through, or even listen to it in the background. It is part of Americana – the history of our country.
I was a child in the 50s, but I surely knew good music when I heard it – “Cold, Cold Heart” – “Hey Good Lookin’” – “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” – “Kaw-Liga” – and of course, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
Hank Williams was only 29 when he died in 1952. He had written over 700 songs – 700!!
The movie has Williams in the back seat of a Cadillac, being driven to his next performance. He imagines the performance he would like to give, and in the process, we see snippets of the life and times of Hank Williams.
Sneezy Waters plays our hero – he looks nothing like Williams – but he knows how to sing like the original. It just goes to show, actors do not need to look like the people they play.
“Sneezy Waters, began his musical career in the 1960s in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. . . . He began performing the lead in the musical revue ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’ in November 1977. . . . This led to over 300 performances as the show hit the road and toured across Canada and the U.S. (as well as a performance at a cultural exhibition in Berlin in 1983). The show became a move in 1981, with Sneezy repeating his role as Hank Williams.” IMDB
Maybe you can find a copy in a dollar bin somewhere – I couldn’t find it on Neflix, but Amazon has it.
Try it – you just might be surprised.