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Lot #: 132 MAMMY UF and backed on board WCDate Sold 12/14/1992
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Mammy, the 1930 Michael Curtiz romantic love triangle murder musical comedy melodrama ("Story and Songs by Irving Berlin"; about a blackface singer in a vaudeville show who is in love with a girl who is more interested in someone else, and the singer ends up framed for the murder of that guy, and he escapes, and has many adventures while trying to prove his innocence) starring Al Jolson, Lois Moran, Louise Dresser (in the title role as Mammy), Lowell Sherman, Noah Beery Sr., Hobart Bosworth, Tully Marshall, and Mitchell Lewis. Note that after "The Jazz Singer", Al Jolson made "The Singing Fool" and "Say It With Songs", which were both pretty simple movies, trading on the popularity of "The Jazz Singer". For this, his fourth movie, Warner Bros. went all out and hired Irving Berlin to write the songs, and assigned their ace director Michael Curtiz to the movie, and unlike the earlier three, it has a clear plot that is unrelated to the many songs (although the songs are placed where they serve as commentary on the movie's plot). The movie was filmed with two 2-strip (red and green) Technicolor sequences, and for many years, those were thought to be lost, but they were discovered mostly intact and what was found was restored and the movie has been shown almost completely as it was in 1930.
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