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Weary River (1929)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 February 1929 (USA)
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A gangster is put in prison, but finds salvation through music while serving his time. Again on the outside, he finds success elusive and temptations abound.

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Jerry Larrabee
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Alice Gray
William Holden ...
Prison Warden
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Spadoni
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Blackie (as George Stone)
Ray Turner ...
Elevator Boy (as Raymond Turner)
Gladden James ...
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Storyline

Jerry Larabee (Richard Barthelmess)is a gangster who can play piano and sing, mostly to entertain his girl Alice (Betty Compson), who is quite visibly thrilled by his crooning. But as the result of a gangland shootout he had with rival mobster Spadoni (Louis Natheaux), Larabee must do a stretch in prison. The kindly warden (William Holden) sees a potential for redemption in him, and talks Mary into giving him up, so he will break all contact with his previous life. Through his musical talents, Jerry is soon doing radio broadcasts with the prison orchestra, and one of his own compositions, "Weary River" is a smash hit with listeners. In no time, he's released, with a concert tour lined up. unfortunately, hecklers cause the overly sensitive ex-gunman to lose his confidence and he's a flop. Down on his luck, he drifts back to his old gang buddies and Mary, who's never stopped loving him. After learning that his stint up the river was a frame-up by Spadoni, a showdown is arranged at their... Written by WesternOne

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Drama | Romance

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10 February 1929 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System) (Western Electric Apparatus) (sound effects, music and talking sequences)

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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

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Weary River
(1929)
Music by Louis Silvers
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Sung by Richard Barthelmess (dubbed by Johnny Murray)
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Part-talkie tale of crime/prison and rehabilitation

Frank Lloyd earned one of three Oscar noms for direction this year (1929) for this part-talkie tale of crime, prison and redemption. The song, from which the title gets its name, is sung over and over again at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, the only surviving print is silent (Library of Congress) so there are scads of dialogue and singing scenes accompanied by silence. A curio.


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