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Minstrel Man (1944)

The story of a singer in a minstrel show, from his career highs to the tragedies in his personal life.

Directors:

Joseph H. Lewis, Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)

Writers:

Irwin Franklyn (screenplay) (as Irwin R. Franklyn), Pierre Gendron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Benny Fields Benny Fields ... Dixie Boy Johnson
Gladys George ... Mae White
Alan Dinehart ... Lew Dunn
Roscoe Karns ... Roscoe
Jerome Cowan ... Bill Evans
Judy Clark ... Caroline Jr. - age 16
Molly Lamont ... Caroline Johnson
John Raitt ... Singer
The Anestos The Anestos ... Dance Specialty
Lee 'Lasses' White Lee 'Lasses' White ... 'Lasses' White
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The story of a singer in a minstrel show, from his career highs to the tragedies in his personal life.

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minstrel | blackface | See All (2) »

Genres:

Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De zot van Broadway See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Thursday 25 September 1947 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Connections

Edited from Whom the Gods Destroy (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

My Melancholy Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Ernie Burnett
Lyrics by George A. Norton
Played on piano and sung by Benny Fields
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An entertaining hour
24 July 2006 | by mart-45See all my reviews

As cheap musicals go, it's not bad. The subject matter is respectable, avoiding unnecessary comedy that B-musicals of the mid forties boosted. The problem appears to be casting. For Benny Fields this is his only major dramatic lead in films, and one can easily understand, why. He is a relatively unexciting old man with no remarkable talents to showcase. He does sing, but his voice is very soft and definitely not one that would carry in a live theatre. Judy Clark is so perk that it makes your eyes hurt, and as natural as Duracel bunny. How did a quality actress like Gladys George get lost in that vehicle, is a minor mystery. Said all that, the film is quite entertaining, and the music (not meaning some well-known standards that get used but the original score) is better than is usual for a small time musical. Plus it's a reasonably short flick that doesn't let you get bored. It's also very nice to look at a good old fashioned, dignified minstrel show. Makes you wonder what the world would be like if minstrels hadn't paved the way to making black music part of our everyday life.


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