Minstrel Man (1944)


Singing star Dixie Boy Johnson and his wife Caroline are jubilant over Dixie’s headlining a Broadway show and Caroline’s impending motherhood. On opening night, Caroline is rushed to the hospital and Dixie begs to leave the theater and join her, but producer Lew Dunn refuses. Caroline dies in childbirth and Dixie is shattered. He leaves the baby in the care of his friends, Lasses and Mae, and drops out of sight. Presumed dead, Dixie stays undercover and takes an assumed name, as a shipboard entertainer.

Directors: Joseph H. Lewis, Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited).
Writers: Irwin Franklyn (screenplay) (as Irwin R. Franklyn), Pierre Gendron (screenplay), Martin Mooney & Raymond L. Schrock (story)
Stars: Benny Fields, Gladys George, Alan Dinehart, Roscoe Karns, Jerome Cowan, Judy Clark, Molly Lamont, John Raitt, The Anestos, Lee ‘Lasses’ White.

1945 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song (Harry Revel/Paul Francis Webster)
1945 Academy Awards –  Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Leo Erdody/Ferde Grofé Sr.)


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  1. Vincent
    July 8, 2021

    Rethink this

  2. Nick
    July 8, 2021

    Excellent! All the way!!!

  3. Nick D.
    July 9, 2021

    Margia Dean is still with us at the age of 99!

  4. Steve Burstein
    July 16, 2021

    Surprising credits: John Raitt and Ferde Grofe. Caroline dies, but Molly Lamont, South African-born British actress who plays her, lived to be 91(though she left films in 1951)!

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