Kentucky Minstrels (film)

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Kentucky Minstrels
Directed by John Baxter
Written by
Produced by Julius Hagen
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
Music by W.L. Trytel
Real Art Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • 1934 (1934)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Kentucky Minstrels is a 1934 British musical film directed by John Baxter. It was made at Twickenham Studios as a quota quickie for release by Universal Pictures. [1] Scott and Whaley, the stars of the film, were an African American comedy duo, and the first black performers to take a leading role in a British film. [2] It also featured American actress Nina Mae McKinney. The show derived from the BBC radio programme, The Kentucky Minstrels , first broadcast in 1933, which was written and performed by the same team. [3]


Stephen Bourne, writing in The Independent , referred to the film's "brilliant musical finale". [4]


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  1. Wood p.82
  2. Stephen Bourne, Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television, Bloomsbury, 2005, pp.2-4, ISBN   0826478980
  3. "BBC's Kentucky Minstrels", Notable Kentucky African Americans Database. Retrieved 29 March 2021
  4. Bourne, Stephen (23 August 2008). "Josie Woods: Tap-dancing star of music hall". Independent. Retrieved 21 November 2022.