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Judy Garland in Blackface, 1938As the controversy of black representation on old time radio shows and television stirred as early as 1930, there were many blackface performances on film through the 1930s and into the 1940s.   Performing in blackface continued to be normalized, many well-known entertainers of stage and screen also performed in blackface including:

  • Judy Garland: Everybody Sing (1938)
  • Fred Astaire: Swing Time (1936)
  • Bing Crosby: Dream House (1933), Mississippi (1935), Holiday Inn (1942), Dixie (1943), Here Come The WAVES (1944)
  • Jimmy Durante: George White's Scandals (1934)
  • Eddie Cantor: Ali Baba Goes To Town (1937), Glorifying The American Girl (1929), The Kid From Spain (1932), Kid Millions (1934), Minstrel Days (1941), Palmy Days (1931), Roman Scandals (1933), Whoopee! (1930), Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
  • Al JolsonA Plantation Act (1926), The Jazz Singer (1927), The Singing Fool (1928), Sonny Boy (1929), Mammy (1930), Big Boy (1930), Wonder Bar (1934), Go Into Your Dance (1935), The Singing Kid (1936), Swanee River (1939), Rose Of Washington Square (1939), Minstrel Days (1941), Rhapsody In Blue (1945),  **

** It should be noted that Al Jolson was a staunch Civil Rights activist
and helped open opportunities for African-Americans on Broadway. 


Minstrel Shows Collection
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