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Minstrel Man(1944)

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Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about this production: Veteran minstrel comic Lee "Lasses" White was hired to assist in the making of the film, as well as appear in it. The production was shut down for over a month when director Wallace Fox and actress Gerra Young, who originally portrayed the role of the teenage "Caroline" became ill. In mid-February 1944, Young contracted chicken pox, thus delaying the shooting for several weeks. In early Mar, when the Board of Health refused to allow Young to perform any dance scenes because it felt the exertion might cause her to have a relapse, the studio replaced her with Judy Clark. At that time, all the musical scoring had to be scrapped because it had been pitched to Young's voice. As a result of the delay and necessary re-shooting, the insurance firm Lloyd's of London was forced to pay PRC $150,000 in losses incurred from Young's illness. The insurance company then refused to insure anyone under the age of eighteen. When production began again in mid-March 1944, Joseph H. Lewis took over direction from Fox, who had fallen ill with the flu. Binnie Barnes, who had been cast as "May White", had to leave the film because the production delays conflicted with her previous commitments. Although a 28 January Hollywood Reporter production chart lists William Frawley in the cast, he does not appear in the released print. That production chart also credits Jackson Rose with photography, but the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Chuy Reyes and his band were to appear in the film, their participation in the released film has not been confirmed. In a letter written by producer Leon Fromkess in 1969, the producer stated that director Edgar Ulmer began principal photography on the film, but after four or five days of production, the direction was turned over to Lewis. Ulmer then was assigned to direct the stage sequences, according to Fromkess. The film received Academy Award nominations in the Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture) and Music (Song-"Remember Me to Carolina") categories.