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
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, ISBN   0826478980 , pp.2-4
  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.