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Barbara Bernstein <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 6 Jan 1998 21:09:44 -0800
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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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Barbara Bernstein                       San Francisco, CA
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