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Mammy (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 26 March 1930 (USA)
A love triangle develops in a traveling minstrel troupe.


Michael Curtiz


Irving Berlin (play), Gordon Rigby (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Al Jolson ... Al Fuller
Lois Moran ... Nora Meadows
Lowell Sherman ... Billy West / Westy
Louise Dresser ... Mother Fuller
Hobart Bosworth ... Meadows
Tully Marshall ... Slats
Mitchell Lewis ... Hank Smith / Tambo
Jack Curtis ... Sheriff Tremble


A love triangle develops in a traveling minstrel troupe.

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"You ain't seen nothin' yet" till you see the King of Entertainers in this rollicking role of minstrel days. (Print Ad- Sarasota Herald,((Sarasota, Fla.)) 29 June 1930) See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

26 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Minha Mãe See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)


Color (2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The first color sequence appears in Reel #7, the second color sequence appears in Reel #8, total color footage 1497 ft. (456.25 m). See more »


Across the Breakfast Table Looking at You
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Al Jolson
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Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
4 July 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If Mammy is remembered for anything it is for providing Al Jolson with one of his biggest song hits, definitely the biggest song hit he had written especially for the screen. Irving Berlin wrote this number for Jolson and he does it three times in his usual bravura style and on two of those occasions without black-face.

Al Jolson got his start in minstrel shows which were still popular at the turn of the 20th century. He's Al Fuller in this show, lead singer in this troupe and a man with a case of unrequited love for the owner of the show. From there springs the plot.

It's unfortunate for Jolson's current reputation that he did not abandon the black-face which was a carryover from his minstrel days. It's considered offensive now and rightly so. But listen to him sing Let Me Sing and I'm Happy and the rest of the score and you're hearing one of the great song stylists ever.

Irving Berlin wrote some original material for this film which was interpolated with some other standards. It is also good to hear Jolson do two of his comedy numbers, Who Paid the Rent for Mrs. Rip Van Winkle and Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany. It's his ballads that he's remembered for today, but these numbers give you an idea of more of the kind of material he did on stage.

A lot of people will be rightly offended in seeing Mammy now, but like Bing Crosby's Dixie, it's an interesting piece of cinema history.

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