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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Joan Peers ...
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Henry Wadsworth ...
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April as a child
David Holt ...
Jack Singer
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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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4 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Aplauso  »

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Trivia

The subway scene was filmed at Chambers Street on what is now the BMT Nassau Street line in lower Manhattan. Chambers Street was a terminus at the time this movie was made, and the train, consisting of a single Triplex unit, operated from the southern end of the station on the second track from the east side and stopped where the camera was situated. The platform used by the passengers in the movie is still in use today. 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 »

Quotes

April Darling: It's wonderful.
Tony: You're wonderful.
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Connections

Featured in Visions of Light (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A great example of early sound film.
28 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Rouben Mamoulian established the possibilities the talkie, showing great flexibility in using location shots outdoors. A scene shot on the Brooklyn Bridge walkway just amazed me. Not the static feeling you expect from the first talkies at all. Helen Morgan gives a very moving performance as well, making the obsolete melodrama moving and in places quite modern in its way. With "Applause" and "Love Me Tonight" Mamoulian established the outline for the art of the talking picture.


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