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31 August 1929 (USA) See more »
Nightclub hostess Sophie Leonard educates her daughter Beth abroad and keeps her life secret for her. But suddenly the daughter shows up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sophie Tucker ... Sophie Leonard

Lila Lee ... Beth - Sophie's Daughter
Wilbur Mack ... Stuttering Valet

Audrey Ferris ... Jean Gilmore

Tom Keene ... Freddie Gilmore (as George Duryea)

Mahlon Hamilton ... Jim Blake

John T. Murray ... Cafe Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Davidson ... Trailer Host (uncredited)

Ted Shapiro ... Accompanist (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
De Leon Anthony  titles
C. Graham Baker  story (as Leslie S. Barrows)
Jack Yellen  dialogue

Original Music by
Alois Reiser (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ben F. Reynolds 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
Other crew
Larry Ceballos .... dance director

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)

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Apart from the soundtrack of the trailer, this film is now considered lost. Please check your attic.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sophie Tucker's Lost Star Vehicle, 27 June 2013
Author: Alonzo Church from United States

Sophie does not like singing her heart out at the HONKY TONK that has made her the toast of Broadway. She's rather be fixing pancakes with honey (ick) for her beloved daughter. But when snobby daughter, who is educated abroad, and knows nothing about her Momma's Broadway career, dates a callow youth who knows darn well about Momma, will melodrama result?

This is a lost film with a surviving soundtrack that tantalizes mightily. Sophie sings six numbers in this, and puts on a broad, but seemingly compelling performance as a mythical Sophie who doesn't really like showbiz that much. From what can be heard, the plot, such as it is, is a watered down version of Applause, made risible by the conceit that daughter is completely ignorant of what Momma (who seems to be, well, Sophie Tucker) does for a living. Tucker, however, handles the dramatic scenes in good voice (she sounds something like Bette Midler, of all people). But the singing is the main thing here, and the soundtrack definitiely tells us Tucker was singing well.

I don't know if this film would be found disappointing if it is ever found. Everyone, except Sophie, is distressingly early talkie in their clearly enunciated vocal style. But Sophie is a force of nature on the soundtrack, and, had the film survived, it would have been the only talking film starring her, rather than having her sing a specialty number, and getting her quickly off stage.

This one needs to be found.

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