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Mammy (1930)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Al Jolson, Lois Moran, LowellSherman, Louise Dresser. As the star of Meadow's Merry Minstrels,Al Fuller (Jolson) lands a backer for the show, springboarding thetroupe to success, but when a jealous co-star puts real bullets inFuller's stage gun, Al finds himself charged with attempted murder.Based on the play and music Mr. Bones by Irving Berlin. 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Manderlay (Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands / France /Germany / UK, 2005)

Directed by Lars Von Trier. Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankhole, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny. A young girl traveling across 1930's America with her father, discovers a plantation that doesn't know that slavery has been abolished. Can this well-meaning girl and her lawyer father change the minds and hearts of the plantation owners?

Neighbors (1920)

Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Keaton and hisattractive neighbor pass love notes through holes in a fencebecause of their disapproving families. But even once the couplegets together, their union and upcoming marriage cause even moreproblems. Keaton swings from clotheslines by his toes, wiggles withhis head in the ground like a human carrot, and has a hilariousinability to keep his pants up. The Neighbors also features racialattitudes that are beyond troubling.

Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson. Frank Sinatra andDean Martin don blackface disguises, to the "amusement" of partnerSammy Davis, Jr. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Prince of Broadway (2008)

Directed by Sean Baker. Cast: Prince Adu, Karren Karagulian,Aiden Noesi, Keyali Mayaga. Lucky, an illegal immigrant from Ghana,makes ends meet by soliciting shoppers on the street with knock-offbrand merchandise. Levon, an Armenian-Lebanese immigrant, operatesan illegal storefront for counterfeit goods. Lucky's world issuddenly turned upside down when a woman appears, insisting hertoddler is his son. While Lucky copes with his new domesticdilemma, Levon struggles to save a marriage that is falling apart.100 min.

Roman Scandals (1933)

Directed by Frank Tuttle; featuring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting,Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold, David Manners. In this musical comedya wistful young man from Oklahoma daydreams his way back to ancientRome in its hey-day where he finds himself a spokesperson for thedowntrodden Roman people, suffering under the tyrannical rule ofthe cruel and sneering Emperor Valerius. Features the characteractor Billy Barty (a little person) in blackface as a "shrunken"Eddie Cantor. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Southern Fried Rabbit (1943)

Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. Featuring Bugs Bunnyin blackface.

Swing Time (1936)

Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers,Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness,Georges Metaxa. Music, Jerome Kern: lyrics, Dorothy Fields.Fred Astaire plays a gambler intent on raising $25,000 in NewYork in order to marry his fiance back home. Includes a Astairein blackface in a musical tribute to Bill Robinson ("Bojanglesof Harlem"). 103 min. ;
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The African Dodger (1931)

Directed by Mort Blumenstock. Cast: Tom Howard, Joe Lyons,Edward Gargan. "In the early twentieth century, many Americancarnivals and fun fairs featured an "African Dodger". This wasa Negro (usually genuine, sometimes a white man in blackface)who would stick his head through a hole and taunt the suckers,who paid a nickel for the privilege of throwing baseballs atthe African Dodger. The dodger would (usually) pull his headout of the hole in time to avoid getting hit, but sometimes hewasn't fast enough.

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, WarnerOland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, JosefRosenblatt. A melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son (AlJolson) who aspires to be a jazz singer despite his father'sobjection and religious tradition. In motion picture history,this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound.Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and"Mammy". 89 min. ;

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