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Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 20 August 1929 (USA)
In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game. He loses $100, the money he got for the sale of his family's ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Daniel L. Haynes ...
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William Fountaine ...
Harry Gray ...
Parson
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Mammy
Everett McGarrity ...
Spunk
Victoria Spivey ...
Milton Dickerson ...
Johnson Kid
Robert Couch ...
Johnson Kid
Walter Tait ...
Johnson Kid
Dixie Jubilee Singers
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Storyline

In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game. He loses $100, the money he got for the sale of his family's entire cotton crop. His brother Spunk is mortally wounded in the shoot-out which follows. Zeke goes away but returns as Brother Zekiel the preacher. His forceful preaching draws the faithful in large numbers. Even Chick wants to be saved. Zekiel has asked the pretty Missy Rose to marry him, but Chick can still cast a spell over the preacher... Written by David Steele

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A DRAMA OF SOUTHERN NEGRO LIFE! ALL-TALKING AND SINGING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »
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20 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aleluya  »

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Runtime:

| (Turner library print) (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

King Vidor had been hoping to make the film for several years, and jumped at the chance to make it with the advent of sound. He so wanted to produce the picture that he offered to give up his salary. See more »

Goofs

The dialogue does not match the mouths of several cast members in the scene where Zeke disembarks from his train car and rides through town on a donkey. It is especially visible in the shot of Hot Shot harassing Missy Rose. See more »

Quotes

Missy Rose: What's the matter, brother Zeke?
Zeke: That's just it. I don't know what is the matter. Seems like the devil's done took a hold of me.
Missy Rose: What you mean? What kinda talk is that? A big strong man like you ain't gonna give into that... after we done traveled this far.
Zeke: I don't want to give in! But he just keeps on a torin' and a pullin' after me all the time.
Missy Rose: That's just the way he is.
Zeke: Just won't let me be.
Missy Rose: What's we want to do, big brother?
Zeke: I don't know what we gonna do. Unlessin'...
Missy Rose: Unless what, Zeke?
Zeke: ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
(uncredited)
Traditional Spiritual
Sung offscreen during the opening credits
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A great movie from a great director.
7 June 2000 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

It's important to realize this was only the first year of sound pictures. Seen in that light, HALLELUJAH! has a remarkable fluidity, and a freedom from the tyranny of the sound camera that is little short of astonishing. (See "Singin' in the Rain" for a realistic depiction of this problem.) The acting is on a high level, if somewhat dated. King Vidor did an admirable job in depicting his characters' life condition, and was deservedly nominated as Best Director of 1929/30.


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