Monday, February 29, 2016

Minstrel Man (1944)

Academy Awards, USA 1945

Best Music, Original Song
Harry Revel (music)
Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)
For the song "Remember Me to Carolina".
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Leo Erdody
Ferde Grofé Sr.

Producers Releasing Corporation
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

Vaudevillian Benny Fields skips the birth of his daughter for opening night, only to learn that his wife died. Rather than face the pain, he lets his friends raise her and travels the world performing his popular black face routine. They are reunited when she appears on the stage herself as a teenager. Good songs and backstage atmosphere somewhat compensate for predictable plot, but beware there are more black face routines in this than any film I can remember.

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