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Ye Olde Minstrels (1941)

The Our Gang members want to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a musical show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writer:

Sam Baerwitz
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Blake Joan Blake ... Audience Member
Bobby Browning Bobby Browning ... Dancer
Raphael Dolciame Raphael Dolciame ... Performer
James Gubitosi James Gubitosi ... Audience Member
Ralph Hodges Ralph Hodges ... Dancer
Joline Karol Joline Karol ... Performer
Valerie Lee ... Dancer
Marlene Mains Marlene Mains ... (unconfirmed)
Tommy McFarland Tommy McFarland ... Audience Member
Priscilla Montgomery Priscilla Montgomery ... Dancer
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Storyline

The Our Gang members want to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a musical show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the Greenpoint Auditorium for their event. The highlight is Walter Wills and the Our Gang doing a tribute to the great minstrel man George Primrose. It is reasonably faithful to the minstrel show art form with Spanky as interlocutor, and Mickey and Froggy as side or end-men. Darla Hood sang a song's line, solo just before Lazy Moon was sang by Walter Wills. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1941 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Wills's role as a minstrel singing Lazy Moon & in black-face, is a reminder of Al Jolson's role in movie history, of 1927's The Jazz Singer (1927), the first theatrical film that was not completely silent & musical. First movie with personal or human voices. See more »

Quotes

Froggy: One day the streets in England were muddy and Sir Walter laid his coat in the mud like a carpet - so Queen Elizabeth wouldn't get her feet wet.
Spanky: That's Right! And what did Sir Walter say to the Queen when he laid his coat in the mud?
Froggy: Step on it, kid.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) See more »

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Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
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Written by James Allen Bland
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Didn't anyone have a normal uncle?
1 January 2019 | by mmallory-89926See all my reviews

In its heyday MGM was the Tiffany of studios, and the place where film comedy went to die. In the 1920s it took Buster Keaton, robbed him of control, and made him do musicals and use stuntmen. In the 1930s it took the Marx Brothers and, after a good start, made them the zany hosts of increasingly shoddy musicals. in the 1940s it took Laurel and Hardy and simply told them what to do, removing any creative comic spark, sanded Abbott and Costello until they were smooth and shiny, and made Red Skelton a utility comic relief player. In between all that it took over Our Gang and turned them into minstrels, forcing what once had been a group of real kids into a road company Mickey-and-Judy act obsessed with putting on a show. "Ye Olde Minstrels" is the classic example of that. Even as a kid, watching this on TV, I realized how awful it was. If you really must see a white performer in blackface singing "Lazy Moon," watch Oliver Hardy's rendition in 1931's "Pardon Us," where the blackface at least has story motivation. And Ollie could sing.


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