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Applause (1929)

 -  Drama | Musical  -  4 January 1930 (USA)
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A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager.

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This early example of the "backstage" musical genre tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom's footsteps. Written by Anonymous

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Some sources erroneously credit Paul Barrett with the role of Slim Lamont. Roy Hargrave plays this role; Barrett does not appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

When April comes backstage to see Kitty after returning home from the convent, the shot from outside the dressing room shows Kitty sitting at her mirror and then turning to see April in the doorway. In the next shot, from inside the dressing room, she once again is sitting at her mirror and once again turns to see April entering. See more »

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April Darling: It's wonderful.
Tony: You're wonderful.
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Edited into Visions of Light (1992) See more »

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Give Your Little Baby Lots of Lovin'
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
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Rare chance to see Helen Morgan
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Creaky antique shows it's age in many ways. Static shots, stiff performances by everyone but Morgan and a severely dated plot. What it does have in its favor is a good performance by Helen Morgan far more moving than anything else in the film and a real sense of the tawdriness of the lower burlesque route in its dying days. This is no slightly rundown theatre where the girls are immaculately dressed and styled even though they are working for peanuts in a grind-house such as it would appear to be the case once the code went into full effect throughout the 30's to the 50's. These dollies are over the hill washed up harridans with baggy stockings and cheap outfits. For that matter the cast is one of the least attractive and most common looking in memory. Helen Morgan is supposed to be frowsy and worn but the actress playing her daughter is plain and the actor playing her cheating husband is plain ugly, quite surprisingly he was only 29 here-he looks years older but perhaps he was in ill health since he died within two years at 31 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Considering its age and the transitional period movies were in at the time of its release not a bad film just very clunky.


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