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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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HEAR AND SEE 100 JUBILEE SINGERS! (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)

Sound Mix:

(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 »

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Referenced in The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Sung a cappella by Daniel L. Haynes while mourning his brother's death
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I really enjoy this film.
5 September 2001 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

This film, despite its early talkie crudities, is one of the best religious dramas ever filmed in my opinion. It gets better with each viewing, as you discover more and more nuances in the script and the filmmaking as well. The performances of the leads are stellar -- especially Daniel J. Haynes in the lead. And Nina Mae McKinney is fabulous as "Chick" -- a seductress who tempts Haynes on so many different levels -- subverting and perverting his religious fervor to mold to her pure carnal lust. The spirituals are stirring; the story, though somewhat maudlin, is compelling and quite plausible. The revival scenes are both uplifting and moving. Forget that it was the first "all-black" musical or drama or whatever...it holds it place as a fine film...and doesn't need to be pigeonholed as a historical or "race" period piece. Bold, brave...and ultimately reverent...this is a true film classic.


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