The Delightful Rogue (1929)

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Credited cast:
Rita La Roy ...
Charles Byer ...
Harry Beall
Ed Brady ...
Harry Semels ...
Sammy Blum ...
Junipero (as Sam Blum)
Bert Moorhouse ...
Nielson (as Bert Moorehouse)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Crumplin
Gladden James


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Release Date:

22 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Galante Pirata  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Gay Love
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Not Particularly Delightful
16 October 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Rod La Rocque assumes a flamboyant Hispanic accent here, in his role as a pirate who offers to trade Charles Byer for a night of passion with Rita La Roy. It's all very silly and unless you are a fan of these Ur-talkies, you shouldn't bother. It's not particularly believable, so the fact it's set in a deliberately non-existent South Seas island might be considered a meta-fictional comment on the entire matter.

Me, I consider it a ham-handed attempt to put the audience at ease. It might have, but eighty-five years later, it doesn't play well. It's also hard to judge the quality of the performances, given the poor sound system and concomitant stagy performances. Miss La Roy looks very fetching in an elegant gown singing "Gay Love" in the dive bar backed by a five-piece band and also right after emerging from the water. However, you'd be better off listening to the Bing Crosby version of the song which the other commenters seem to have based their reviews on.

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