Recordings from early to mid-1930s
" I'll meet you down by the pig-pen. You better keep your hat on so I'll know ya! "
In the vain of Amos n' Andy, Beulah, Johnson Family, Pick and Pat, Sam n' Henry, the
Two Black Crows (Mack and Moran) were a renowned blackface
vaudeville act. Originally, "The Two Black Crows"
was a novel about two African-American men who fought in
This old time radio show makes no mention of this previous soldier
or war topic and refers specifically to racial stereotypes of the time. Radio shows of this type are particularly fascinating in
that the performers could not rely on visually racist mannerisms,
costumes, or make-up on which minstrel shows were initially
dependant. Like other well-known minstrel acts, the Two
Black Crows lived in the rural south and the character roles
were preformed with a "black-stage" dialect. The duo frequently appeared with W.C. Fields and the Ziegfield Follies.
See also: article on the history of Minstrel Shows and Old Time Radio.