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Minstrel Man (1944)

Minstrel Man





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Unusually elaborate for a PRC film, Minstrel Man is a lively musical drama built around the talents of veteran vaudevillian Benny Fields. The star is cast as Dixie Boy Johnson, who rises from the ranks of minstrel shows to become a top Broadway attraction. On the opening night of his greatest stage triumph, Dixie Boy's wife dies in childbirth. Profoundly shaken, he walks out of the show, leaving the baby to be raised by his showbiz pals Mae and Lasses White (Gladys George, Roscoe Karns). The kid grows up to be an attractive young woman named Caroline (Judy Clark), who follows in her dad's footsteps by billing herself as-that's right-Dixie Girl Johnson. This leads to a tearful reunion between Caroline and the father she'd long assumed to be dead. If Minstrel Man seems at times to be a dress rehearsal for Columbia's The Jolson Story (1946), it shouldn't surprising: the PRC film was directed by Joseph H. Lewis, who went on to helm Jolson Story's musical highlights.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Irwin Franklyn, Pierre Gendron
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Producers Releasing Corporation


Benny Fields
as Dixie Boy Johnson
Judy Clark
as Caroline Jr. - age 1...
Gladys George
as Mae White
Alan Dinehart
as Lew Dunn
Roscoe Karns
as Lasses White
Gloria Petroff
as Caroline (age 5)
Molly Lamont
as Caroline's Mother
Jerome Carson
as Bill Evans
John Raitt
as John Raitt
Eddie Kane
as Booking Agent
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All Critics (1)

Failed musical about painfully dated subject of minstrel shows, mainly avoids stereotyping black people, but has few positive virtues other than musical number A Great Day's Coming.

Full Review… | August 6, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Minstrel Man

Minor ?B? musical, but it did nab two Academy Award nominations, for score and the song ?Remember Me to Carolina?. It is rather dated with all the black face in the movie, but the score is indeed good. Other than that it isn?t very memorable.

James Higgins

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