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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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REALISTIC! EARTHY!...it pictures in dialogue and heart-stirring song the reckless love and the gripping drama of the Southern Negro...come to the dusky cabarets....the revivals and the baptisms. (original ad) See more »

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Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home
(1851) (uncredited)
aka "Swanee River"
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by the group picking cotton
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Nina Mae McKinney- The First Black Movie Star
23 April 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Nina Mae McKinney portrayed Chick in this movie. The untrained, natural singing, dancing, acting talent stole everyone's heart who saw this movie, even till this day she's still winning hearts. A great actress, after this movie people named her "The Black Garbo" and "The Dark Clara Bow". Being the first black actress, she had to represent her race well, and show that Blacks could act, and show Hollywood that Blacks could hold their own on the silver screen. Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Irving Thalberg, and King Vidor was breath-taken by her acting, and after her you saw many white actresses copying her style, the hands on the hips and facial expressions. This movie isn't stereotypical at all, its about Black Life in the South, the music and styles of the time. Nina Mae was promised many more movies, but never did anything else, but singing apperances, shorts, and maid apperances. But she did get to show her acting in the independent black movies. If you ever get to see them, you won't be sorry. People say this movie was ahead of its time, maybe so, But Nina was lucky she got to show all her talents, singing, dancing, comedy, and acting. Even Blacks don't get to show all of that today. People say that Lena Horne opened the doors, thats false, Nina Mae McKinney did, representing the Black race well, and showing that we could act, open the doors for Blacks in the future in Hollywood.


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