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The following statement appears after the opening credits: "By far the most colorful era in show business was that of the Minstrels. These black-face troupes traveled in picturesque river showboats and heralded their arrival by the vibrant notes of the steam calliope. There was nothing like the excitement of a Minstrel Show: the singers, the dancers-the comedy of the end men, the dignified interlocutor-the rhythms of the banjo, the tambourines and the 'bones.' Today the Minstrels are nearly forgotten. They have 'drifted on down the river,' but have left, in their wake, a great American tradition." Scatman Crothers' surname was misspelled as "Carothers" in the opening credits.