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Hallelujah (1929)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical  -  20 August 1929 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Daniel L. Haynes ...
Zeke
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William Fountaine ...
Harry Gray ...
Parson
Fanny Belle DeKnight ...
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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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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brother | preacher | cotton | mule | melodrama | See more »

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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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20 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aleluya  »

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

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although this film is frequently touted as the first black-cast film produced in Hollywood, it is actually predated by the more obscure Hearts in Dixie (1929). See more »

Goofs

When Zeke is shown singing atop the train car, the audio of his singing does not match his lip movements, probably due to difficulties relating to dubbing in 1929 (the footage on the train was clearly shot silent, with singing and effects added in post-production). See more »

Connections

Featured in The American Experience: Midnight Ramble (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Home
(uncredited)
Music based on "Symphony No. 9, Largo" by Antonín Dvorák
Adapted by William Arms Fisher
Lyrics by William Arms Fisher
Played on guitar and sung by Daniel L. Haynes
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This movie is NOT racist!!!
5 October 2004 | by (Arkansas) – See all my reviews

How can someone call this racist? This is a beautiful movie told with an all black cast... obviously unheard of in 1929. But let me get this straight... this movie is racist because the black family in the movie is happy??? This is a family who are doing well for the time. They have good crops of cotton, the family is healthy and they are all spiritually inclined. Is it a written rule for a black family to be depressed and miserable because they're cotton pickers and they're black in the early 1900s? And what's wrong with singing spiritual songs in the field? These are people working out in a blazing hot sun with no radio trying to pass the time away while picking cotton. And being a <gasp!> HAPPY religious family of course they are going to be singing songs about their spirituality.

Albeit this movie is not perfect... but to call it racist is so off base... and to say it's exploitive is just as bad.

This is a gem of a movie. well told, well acted, well directed and beautifully presented. King Vidor was thoughtful in his directing, showing a beautiful side to a culture that the audience of it's time was not familiar with.

A must see for all classic movie fans.


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