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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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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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1 August 1944 (USA)  »

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El trovador de Broadway  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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
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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 See 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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