Minstrel Man

(1944)
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Unusually elaborate for a PRC film, Minstrel Man is a lively musical drama built around the talents of veteran vaudevillian Benny Fields. The star is cast as Dixie Boy Johnson, who rises from the ranks of minstrel shows to become a top Broadway attraction. On the opening night of his greatest stage triumph, Dixie Boy's wife dies in childbirth. Profoundly shaken, he walks out of the show, leaving the baby to be raised by his showbiz pals Mae and Lasses White (Gladys George, Roscoe Karns). The kid grows up to be an attractive young woman named Caroline (Judy Clark), who follows in her dad's footsteps by billing herself as-that's right-Dixie Girl Johnson. This leads to a tearful reunion between Caroline and the father she'd long assumed to be dead. If Minstrel Man seems at times to be a dress rehearsal for Columbia's The Jolson Story (1946), it shouldn't surprising: the PRC film was directed by Joseph H. Lewis, who went on to helm Jolson Story's musical highlights.

  1. Joseph H. Lewis

    Director

  2. Martin Mooney

    Story

  3. Raymond L. Schrock

    Story

  4. Irwin Franklyn

    Writer

  5. Pierre Gendron

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Benny Fields

    Benny Fields

    Dixie Boy Johnson

  2. Gladys George

    Gladys George

    Mae White

  3. Alan Dinehart

    Alan Dinehart

    Lew Dunn

  4. Roscoe Karns

    Roscoe Karns

    Lasses White

  5. Jerome Cowan

    Jerome Cowan

    Bill Evans

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Status Released

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  • January 2, 1944
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 10m

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