Kentucky Minstrels (film)

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]

Kentucky Minstrels
Directed byJohn Baxter
Written by
Produced byJulius Hagen
CinematographySydney Blythe
Music byW.L. Trytel
Real Art Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



  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


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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