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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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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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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


An advertising poster for this film is pictured on one stamp of a set of five 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamps honoring Vintage Black Cinema, issued 16 July 2008. Other films honored in this set are Black and Tan (1929), The Sport of the Gods (1921), Princesse Tam-Tam (1935), and Caldonia (1945). See more »


When fighting for the revolver after the craps game seven shots are fired from a six shooter. See more »


Chick Admirer #1: What a brown-skin bunch of sweetness she is!
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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Sung a cappella by Daniel L. Haynes while mourning his brother's death
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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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