In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.
Jack La Rue
Decent if predictable early talkie has Johnny Mack Brown playing Barry Holmes, a Southern man in New York trying to make a career out of writing music. One day in his boarding house he meets Ruth (Sally O'Neal) who decides to help him and sure enough they fall in love. JAZZ HEAVEN doesn't really feature jazz or heaven for that matter so I'm not sure what the title was for unless RKO was just wanting to use "jazz" to try and get a younger crowd into the theater. Either way, at just 68-minutes this here is pretty straight-forward and while it's not horrible, it's still not good either. This is clearly one of those films that has been forgotten through time for a reason. It's just not bad enough to have a cult following and it's not good enough to be remembered so the only ones who are going to watch it are those film buffs you enjoy early talkies, Johnny Mack Brown fans or those like me who simply like watching these forgotten films. I thought both stars were actually pretty good in their parts and there's no doubt that they did have some chemistry together, which made you want to pull for them. Clyde Cook was also good in his role as the landlord who tries to help the kids. The few music numbers aren't very memorable and there's no question that the film lacks an overall flare that makes it stand out.
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