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Unusually elaborate for a PRC film, is a lively musical drama built around the talents of veteran vaudevillian Benny Fields. The star is cast as Dixie Boy Johnson, who rises from the ranks of minstrel shows to become a top Broadway attraction. On the opening night of his greatest stage triumph, Dixie Boy's wife dies in childbirth. Profoundly shaken, he walks out of the show, leaving the baby to be raised by his showbiz pals Mae and Lasses White (Gladys George, Roscoe Karns). The kid grows up to be an attractive young woman named Caroline (Judy Clark), who follows in her dad's footsteps by billing herself as-that's right-Dixie Johnson. This leads to a tearful reunion between Caroline and the father she'd long assumed to be dead. If seems at times to be a dress rehearsal for Columbia's (1946), it shouldn't surprising: the PRC film was directed by Joseph H. Lewis, who went on to helm 's musical highlights. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Revel Best Song 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leo Erdody Best Score - Musical 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Francis Webster Best Song 1944 Nominee


Gladys George
as Mae White
Alan Dinehart
as Lew Dunn
Judy Clark
as Caroline, Age 16
Gloria Petroff
as Caroline, Age 5
Molly Lamont
as Caroline's Mother
Eddie Kane
as Booking Agent
Roscoe Karns
as Lasses White
William Frawley
Roscoe Karns
as Lasses White


Joseph H. Lewis
Leon Fromkess
Raymond Schrock
Screen Story
Marcel Le Picard
Leo Erdody
Composer (Music Score)
Leo Erdody
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Revel
Composer (Music Score)
Carl Pierson
Edgar G. Ulmer
Production Designer
Paul Palmentola
Art Director
Martin E. Mooney
Short Story Author