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Big Boy (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 11 September 1930 (USA)
Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

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Gus
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Annabel
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mother
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Jack
Eddie Phillips ...
Coley Reed
Lew Harvey ...
Doc Wilbur
Franklin Batie ...
Jim
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Joe
Tom Wilson ...
Tucker
Colin Campbell ...
Steve Leslie
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Bagby
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Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

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Comedy | Musical

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O Meninão  »

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This was the first of two Jolson Broadway vehicles to be filmed; the other was Wonder Bar (1934). See more »

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What Will I Do Without You?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Wait A Cotton Pickin' Minute!
5 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie "Big Boy" can be thoroughly enjoyed if you put into the context of when it was made. It may seem very bizarre to audiences today to see someone in black-face but be rest assured this was the norm for the 20's and 30's. This is not the norm for the 2000's or is it? In 2004 a Wayans Brothers movie called "White Chicks" was released and featured black men in white-face. I was truly offended that in the year 2004 such racism on screen could still be depicted.

Although "Big Boy" is not considered a classic it still has key elements of hilarity. Just as "White Chicks" relied on the exaggerated mannerisms of The Wayans Brothers in white-face Jolson's exaggerated black man is one of the elements that keeps the viewer smiling throughout. This is a recommended movie that was made 74 years before the dismal racist "White Chicks"!


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