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Jazz Heaven (1929)

Passed | | Comedy | 3 November 1929 (USA)
A Southern songwriter brings his piano to New York and meets a girl who works on Tin Pan Alley




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Cast overview:
Ruth Morgan
Barry Holmes (as John Mack Brown)
Max Langley
Herman Kemple (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Albert Conti ...
Walter Klucke
Blanche Friderici ...
Mrs. Langley (as Blanche Frederici)


A Southern songwriter brings his piano to New York and meets a girl who works on Tin Pan Alley

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Release Date:

3 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor e Jazz  »

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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Ruth Morgan: Pat that boy on the back and he'll be writing rhapsodies.
Herman Kemple: Yes and I suppose if you hit him on the head he'd write you a grand opera!
Ruth Morgan: Aw, don't be cute!
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(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Decent Early Talkie
17 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Jazz Heaven (1929)

** (out of 4)

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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