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Ye Olde Minstrels (1941)

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The Our Gang members want to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a musical show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the ... See full summary »

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The Our Gang members want to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a musical show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the Greenpoint Auditorium for their event. The highlight is Walter Wills and the Our Gang doing a tribute to the great minstrel man George Primrose. It is reasonably faithful to the minstrel show art form with Spanky as interlocutor, and Mickey and Froggy as side or end-men. Darla Hood sang a song's line, solo just before Lazy Moon was sang by Walter Wills. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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18 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Walter Wills's role as a minstrel singing Lazy Moon & in black-face, is a reminder of Al Jolson's role in movie history, of 1927's The Jazz Singer (1927), the first theatrical film that was not completely silent & musical. First movie with personal or human voices. See more »

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Just after Walter Wills add his group of co-singers are in progress of a musical intercession of "Lazy Moon" and they have black-face make-up, on their faces, 'Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas' appears to be white-faced for approximately five seconds. See more »

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Ye Olde Minstrels is the first musical short in the Our Gang series to violate the premise of kids putting on a show
28 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This M-G-M musical short, Ye Olde Minstrels, is the one hundred ninety-eighth entry in the "Our Gang" series and the one hundred tenth talkie. Despite Spanky's reluctance to stage another musical show since the last one for Waldo's lemonade stand was a flop, he and the gang do want to raise money for the Red Cross. So Froggy enlists his uncle, Walter Wills, to stage a minstrel show. Okay, when there previously were revues in the OG series, it would either be a makeshift operation with all the amateurishness that would imply or, in the case of Our Gang Follies of 1938, the professionalism would be easily explained as a dream. Well, even with Froggy's uncle involved, this was too much professionalism for the series. Besides, having Froggy have a solo singing spot is a bit painful to watch and almost makes one miss Alfalfa who at least was usually funny when he sang off-key! Good thing Darla sounds better than ever singing "Auld Lang Syne" near the end. Oh, and Walter Wills isn't too bad warbling "Lazy Moon" though, of course, the blackface is out of the question in today's world. I was a little amused, however, when Buckwheat temporarily looked white during that sequence. So on that note, Ye Olde Minstrels is worth a look.


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