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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.

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(screenplay) (as Irwin R. Franklyn), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Benny Fields ...
Dixie Boy Johnson
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Mae White
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Lew Dunn
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Roscoe
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Bill Evans
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Caroline Jr. - age 16
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Caroline Johnson
John Raitt ...
Singer
The Anestos ...
Dance Specialty
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) »

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1 August 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El trovador de Broadway  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

PRC Studio's didn't garner many Oscar nominations but did get one for the Paul Francis Webster-Harry Revel song, "Remember Me to Carolina." Composer Walter Donaldson, who wrote the song "Did I Remember?" for the Jean Harlow starrer "Suzy" in 1936 thought the tunes were too similar and sued for plagiarism. The dispute was settled out of court. See more »

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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 oddity, for sure, but worth a look.
11 November 1999 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a cheapy biography of a star of the black and white minstrel shows, a certain Dixie Boy Johnson. Whether this person ever really existed I don't know, but considering the cast lists a certain "Lee Lasses White" and Roscoe Karns playing said character as well, I assume the man did exist and that this is a white-washed (pardon the pun) version of his career. The plot, such as it is, follows Dixie Boy from career heights to depression at the death of his wife in childbirth, his abandonment of the child to friends, and his return at his daughter's sixteenth birthday and stage debut for reconciliation. Another forgotten man, Benny Fields, plays Dixie Boy. The man has a lovely baritone voice but no acting talent whatsoever and is a boring lump on screen. Gladys George valiantly tries her best to enliven the works to no avail. Judy Clark does the best impersonation of Betty Hutton I've ever seen although I believe she thought she was being herself. The scoring replete with many musical numbers for its short running time of 70 minutes earned a deserved Oscar nom. Worth a look.


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