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Minstrel Man (1944) - The Revival Show

by Nicholas Sammond

This final scene shows the revival of Dixie Boy Johnson's Broadway show by his former producer, featuring his daughter Caroline. Johnson had left his daughter with his friends after his wife died in childbirth, making this both revival and reunion. He first helps Caroline onstage, though she doesn't know he is her father. She performs in blackface with a white chorus. Johnson is persuaded to perform with her, beginning a tune in blackface among a chorus in blackface, the father and daughter sharing a love melody at the end. The scene opens up potential analysis of the gendered images/performances of blackface, the differences in the routines performed by white men and women. Furthermore, the repeated use of blackface in Hollywood film to support plotlines involving hiddenness, secrecy and awaited reunion.

Minstrel Man (1944) - The Revival Show

This final scene shows the revival of Dixie Boy Johnson's Broadway show by his former producer, featuring his daughter Caroline. Johnson had left his daughter with his friends after his wife died in childbirth, making this both revival and reunion.

from Minstrel Man (1944)
Creator: Joseph H. Lewis & Edgar G. Ulmer
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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