Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis, Jr. dancing in the infamous mambo sequence from their controversial film, Anna Lucasta

Kitt and Davis not only starred in the film, they had financial participation. Before Anna Lucasta's world premiere in 1958, the MPAA Advertising Code Administration refused to approve several ads for the film claiming, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “that the ads blatantly portray the femme lead as a prostitute” and that the 'art emphasizes her posterior.”  Kitt and Davis also sent letters to hundreds of exhibitors in the south because many Southern theaters did not book the film on “racial grounds.” 

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    "Gettin’ good and lost, baby? Never wanna be found!” I met the amazing Ms Kitt once and she was terrifying. I remember...
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    Sammy Davis and Eartha Kitt… really need to watch this again
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    i’ve seen this movie! yay!
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