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Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 13 July 1951 (USA)
A young boy finds himself in a home for retired minstrel acts. He's anxious to find out as much as he can about them, and flashbacks show what it was like back in the days of the minstrel shows.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chick Watts ...
Cotton Watts ...
Ches Davis ...
F.E. Miller ...
William E. Green ...
Billy Green (as Billy Green)
Elliot Carpenter ...
Elliott (as Elliott Carpenter)
Ellen Sutton ...
Sally Anglim ...
Gary Jackson ...
Young Boy (as Gary L. Jackson)
Phil Arnold ...
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A young boy wanders into an old-folks home and expresses interest in the old-time minstrel shows. The home's residents, former minstrel men, begin reminiscing, via flashbacks, and the film cuts to a riverboat, and an old-fashioned black-face minstrel show with songs, dances, vaudeville skits and lots of banjo strumming. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Are you ready? Here come the showboat minstrels!


Comedy | Music






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Flashback to the days of the minstrel show is actually pretty good for what it is
13 October 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

A young boy wanders over to an old age home and finds that all of the residents are former performers in minstrel shows. The old folks tell the boy about the grand old days performing and we drift back an witness what is surely an idealized mega spectacle of a minstrel show.

Mostly stage bound, it is a recreation of show after all, performance of a minstrel show looks like a huge Hollywood musical but in black-face. Its an interesting curio of the sort of thing that most of us have only read about, though much of the humor was cleaned up and became the basis of black vaudeville and modern humor so we've all heard variations on many of the jokes or routines. As filmed variety shows goes this one is one of the better ones I've seen, however as with most films of this sort the interest level goes up and down depending upon who is performing. There is a mix of black and white performers, the only one I recognize is Scatman Crothers. Since many of the whites perform in black-face some people are going to find this offensive. I wasn't offended because I didn't take it as anything other than what it was, a by product of a bygone era. While that doesn't make it right, it does put things into a historical context that at least shows us how far we've come. (The commentary on the VCI DVD seems to further put things into context) Worth a look if you run across it.

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