Review: ‘Mammy’

A lively picture [from the musical Mr Bones], with Al Jolson singing new and old songs, including among the Irving Berlin new numbers a couple of melodious hits.

A lively picture [from the musical Mr Bones], with Al Jolson singing new and old songs, including among the Irving Berlin new numbers a couple of melodious hits.

Here is a minstrel show on the stage and on the street # the parade, the blacking up in the dressing room, and the semi-circle with its white face interlocutor, songs by the quartet, jokes by the end men, and dancing. The one section where Technicolor is employed is on the extended semi-circle minstrel scene.

Jolson is one of the ends and Mitchell Lewis the other. Lowell Sherman is the interlocutor, William West. It’s Sherman who starts and bawls up the works. The show owner’s daughter (Lois Moran) is in love with him, but he’s just fooling around. Sherman does not resent it even when Jolson makes a jealous play to help along Moran, leaving the impression he wants the girl himself.

[When Sherman is accidentally shot during a performance,] Jolson runs away, going home to see mammy. When mammy tells her boy to always hold his head up, he rides the next freight back.

Mammy

Production

Warner. Director Michael Curtiz; Screenplay L.G. Rigby, Joseph Jackson; Camera Barney McGill; Music Irving Berlin

Crew

(Color) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Al Jolson Lois Moran Louise Dresser Lowell Sherman Hobart Bosworth Mitchell Lewis
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