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  • Unfortunately, Mae (Gladys George) gets her dander up and sends him packing
  • However, I was actually more impressed with the young girl we first saw as Caroline
  • She was supposed to be five, and I thought she was simply adorable

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      Minstrel Man from 1944 really transports a person back to another generation when black face was the rage. It’s hard to believe that era existed, but it did, and many found it to be highly entertaining.

      The movie stars Benny Fields as an entertainer named Dixie Boy Johnson. He does a black face number and is, in fact, starring in a big play when the story opens. Sadly, his wife dies giving birth on


      his opening night. This puts Dixie Boy on a path to nowhere. He leaves his infant daughter, Caroline, with his friends.

      A lot of time passes, but then Dixie Boy returns and he wants to see his daughter. Unfortunately, Mae (Gladys George) gets her dander up and sends him packing. Amazingly, he goes and on top of that, he lets everyone think that he’s been killed on a boat.

      Alan Dinehart appears as Lew ...


      • Dunn, the producer who forced Dixie Boy to perform the night his wife died. He’s really not a bad sort, and Dinehart gave a decent portrayal.

        However, I was actually more impressed with the young girl we first saw as Caroline. She was supposed to be five, and I thought she was simply adorable. Her smile lit up the film. Her name was Gloria Petroff. It’s too bad she didn’t get more

        screen time.

        After that, Judy Clark took over, playing Caroline at the age of 16.

        The drama comes apart quickly at the end, and the reunion bit was a little too fast and unrealistic. I just have a hard time believing the fluff that they pulled off and expected viewers to buy into. It all happened practically in a single minute, and in that minute, all was magically resolved.

        There was just not enough substance to this movie.




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