Ham and Eggs were two black soldiers (played by white actors) in an all-black army unit during the First World War who went AWOL and encountered Fifi (Myrna Loy), a black barmaid who was also a German spy.
But these exotica started to predominate. My bit as a mulatto in The Heart of Maryland led to a role that I’m very much ashamed of. Zanuck wrote Ham and Eggs at the Front, a blackface parody of What Price Glory? casting me as a spy. How could I ever have put on blackface? When I think of it now, it horrifies me. Well, our awareness broadens, thank God! It was a tasteless slapstick comedy that I mercifully recall very little about.
It’s unlikely that we will ever be able to judge for ourselves just how tasteless it was; there appear to be no surviving prints. However, I hope I can at least get hold of some more stills.
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