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The Jolson Story (1946)

Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes,William Demarest, Bill Goodwin. A musical extravaganza biopictelling the story of the meteoric singing/performing career of AsaYoelson, a talented cantor's son determined to make it big in the"biz". After changing his name to Al Jolson, he captivatedaudiences everywhere with his minstrel and jazz performances. 130min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Sarah Silverman Program. Season Two. "Face Wars" (TV)

Sarah wagers that it's easier to be a black person in Americathan a Jewish person, and attempts to prove it by becoming "black"for a day with the help of a makeup artist. She embarks on anodyssey in which she becomes the beloved and persecuted leader of aunique racial justice movement. Brian and Steve grievouslymiscalculate the potency of medical marijuana.

The World, the Flesh and the Devil</a> (1959)

Directed by Ranald MacDougall. Cast: Harry Belafonte, IngerStevens, Mel Ferrer. A coal miner is trapped by a cave in. When hefinally finds his way back to the surface, he discovers most of thehuman race has been killed off by nuclear poison. He and the fewremaining remnants of humanity must choose to either learn from themistakes of the past or resort to the old failed methods anddivisive issues. 95 min.
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Torch Song (1953)

Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Joan Crawford, MichaelWilding, Gig Young, Marjorie Rambeau. Feaures a musical number withJoan Crawford in blackface! 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Tropic Thunder (2008)

Directed by Ben Stiller. Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr.,Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Brandon T.Jackson, Jay Baruchel. While filming an action movie in the jungle,death and hilarity ensue as the lead actors believe the murderousheroin-producing gang they encounter is a part of the script. Aspoof on action/adventure films. In the movie, Robert Downey, Jr.plays an Oscar-winning actor named Kirk Lazarus whose character inthe war movie being made was written as black. So Lazarus decidesto play the character as written. 107 min.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Two silent versions: Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Slavery Days,directed by Edwin S. Porter (1903, 17 min.); and Uncle Tom'sCabin, Minot Films Release, Inc., directed by Irwing Cummings(1914; 42 min.). ; (Porter);

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Silent 1927)

Directed by Harry A. Pollard. Harriet Beecher Stowe'sinfluential 19th century story of the pre-Civil war South.Peace-loving slave Tom is forced to submit to his sadistic master,the evil Simon Legree. Helpless slaves -- raped, tortured andhumiliated -- are eventually driven to rebel against their wickedoppressors. 112 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

White Christmas (1954)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye,Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger. Lyrics and music byIrving Berlin. Two song-and-dance men team up in show businessafter the war. Joining forces with a sister act, they trek toVermont for a white Christmas. The real adventure starts whenCrosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old armygeneral who's now in financial trouble.

Whoopee! (1930)

Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Eddie Cantor, EthelShutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt, John Rutherford, SpencerCharters. A musical sparked by Cantor's performance as ahyper-hypochondriac. Out West, Henry Williams (Cantor) helps Sallyflee her wedding, unaware that she has left a note behind sayingthey've eloped. Features some of Busby Berkeley's most fancifulchoreography. "As it facilitates intermarriage in The Jazz Singer,so blackface brings Whoopee!'s Indian and white lovers together.Henry, helping Sally escape her wedding to Sheriff Bob, hides in anoven.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie,Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford,George Tobias, Irene Manning. Lyrics and music, George M.Cohan. A rousing musical depicting the life of George M. Cohan,famed playwright, entertainer and composer of patriotic songs.Features a musical number "At a Georgia Camp Meeting", dancedin blackface by Henry Blair, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp andJo Ann Marlowe. 127 min. ;
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