Not quite minstrelsy, perhaps, but note the blackface number
("Abraham"!) in HOLIDAY INN. The versions of SHOWBOAT might also be of
note. And there's Charles Foster Kane's joking reference to a reporter
as "Mr. Bones" in the newsreel segment of CITIZEN KANE.
A Cinemania search results in the following citations:
SWANEE RIVER (1939)
MINSTREL MAN (a 1977 TV production)
HOLLYWOOD REVUE OF 1929
On Tue, 06 Jan 1998 21:09:44 -0800 Barbara Bernstein
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> Busby Berkeley's "Babes on Broadway" has an elaborate minstrel number, with
> Judy Garland in blackface. The "Mandy" number in "White Christmas" (15
> years later, and no blackface) is a much-degraded tribute to minstrel forms
> (the song's bridge is all about "Mr. Bones.") And you might take a look at
> "The Jolson Story" which, I believe, has a scene showing the young Al
> performing with Lew Dockstader's minstrels. All three are available on video.
> Interesting query. Eager to read other responses.
> Barbara Bernstein
> At 07:21 PM 1/6/98 -0800, you wrote:
> >I'm trying to find information on movies that contain minstrel
> >show scenes (not just blackface, but recreations of the 19th century style
> >minstrel show). I'd especially like to know if any knows of such scenes
> >in movies that are available on video.
> >Any help will be much appreciated.
> >Thanks very much,
> >Charlie Krinsky
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> >University of Alabama.
> Barbara Bernstein San Francisco, CA
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