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Applause (1929)

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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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I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
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Music by Fats Waller and Harry Link
Lyrics by Billy Rose
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Helen Morgan Is a Marvel as Kitty Darling
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WOW what a terrific film..... 27-year-old Helen Morgan is superb as the frowzy Kitty Darling, the burlesque queen who sends her daughter away to convent school only to have her fall into the clutches of her villainous lover.

Rouben Mamoulian does a spectacular job directing this VERY early all-talkie. Amazing camera angles and lighting, silhouettes, overlapping dialog, songs, music.... he completely captures the sleazy stage world on stage and off.

The film is a pleasure from the very opening with the playbill blowing across the street to Kitty's tragic ending and then ironic kiss between the lovers in front of her poster.

Joan Peers is very good as the daughter, Henry Wadsworth is also good as the young sailor, and Fuller Mellish Jr. is one rotten villain.

The DVD came with "extras" (which I usually never watch) that gave great background material on Helen Morgan, the censorship of the film, and the search for 200-lb former burlesque queens to "round out" the "Beef Trust." But Helen Morgan is just great.... she has all the pathos of Julie from SHOW BOAT (she starred in the original Broadway production) with a twinge of Shelley Winters.... Great performance!


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