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A Song in the DarkThe Birth of the Musical Film$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.001.0001

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Dueling Mammies

Dueling Mammies

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(p.139) 6 Dueling Mammies
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A Song in the Dark
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Richard Barrios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0007

In the wake of The Jazz Singer and The Singing Fool arose the most risible musical genre of all: “mammy” films, tear-jerking musical melodramas forged with little flair or inspiration. Initially popular, they were the first musical films to wear out their welcome due to oversaturation and repetition. Among the participants: George Jessel, Maurice Chevalier, Morton Downey, Sophie Tucker, and Ted Lewis, appearing in films bearing such titles as Rainbow Man, Mother's Boy, Say It with Songs and, ominously, Is Everybody Happy?

Keywords:   Jolson imitators, mammy songs, George Jessel, Eddie Dowling, Maurice Chevalier, Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis, Belle Baker

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