S H OW BUSINESS: Not Necessarily

"Ain't I done told you?" said a minor actor rehearsing for Sam Goldwyn's Porgy and Bess movie, and there was thunder on Catfish Row. That sort of so-called Negro dialect, said Actress Pearl (Bess) Bailey, is "undignified and unnatural. I don't care if it's Negro or Italian or Greek or French; it's in bad taste." Producer Goldwyn and Director Otto Preminger willingly told the Negro performers to leave out anything they did not like. Question: Will one of the show's most famed songs be retitled It Is Not Necessarily So?


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