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2 February 1929 (USA) See more »
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A young Jewish man works in his father's jewelry business, but he doesn't like it at all--he wants to be an entertainer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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George Jessel ... Georgie Jessel

Gwen Lee ... Mrs. Ellis
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Ellis
Gayne Whitman ... Mr. Trent
Margaret Quimby ... Eleanor
Rosa Rosanova ... Mamma Jessel
William H. Strauss ... Papa Jessel

Mary Doran ... Becky
Patty ... Patty of 'Patty and Fields' (amateur night act)
Fields ... Fields of 'Patty and Fields' (amateur night act)
Joe Sevely ... Amateur night act
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Glenda Farrell ... Bit Part (uncredited)

William Gargan ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Sig Ruman ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
Charles C. Wilson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isadore Bernstein  continuity
Harry Braxton  titles
George Jessel  dialogue (titles)
Viola Brothers Shore  story

Produced by
John M. Stahl .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson 
Frank Zucker 
Film Editing by
Desmond O'Brien 
Russell G. Shields  (as Russell Shields)
Art Direction by
Hervey Libbert 
Music Department
Yasha Bunchuk .... conductor (as Sacha Bunchuk)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... music arranger
Other crew
Rudolph C. Flothow .... dialogue director (as Rudolph Flothow)

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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences) | Silent

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This film is not lost, 19 January 2009
Author: drednm from United States

George Jessel made a huge mistake in turning down Warners' THE JAZZ SINGER in 1927. In 1928 he tried to right things and get his film career on track with LUCKY BOY. The story is very similar even down to the mother, but Jessel just didn't have the dynamic personality or singing talent of Jolson (or Eddie Cantor for that matter). The film (about 70 minutes) is likable enough but is an obvious copy of the Jolson smash. Jessel sings "My Mother's Eyes" about a dozen times!

Gwen Lee is interesting here as the girl friend's mean sister. Also notable is Glenda Farrell in her film debut as the secretary. She wouldn't make another film until 1931's LITTLE CAESAR. Rosa Rosanova is the mother, William Strauss is the jeweler father. Margaret Quimby plays Eleanor (very pretty) but she has an awful talking voice. This film also claims Sig Rumann and William Gargan in bit parts but I never spotted them.

Jessel himself in his talkie debut is OK. He's likable enough but his singing talent just isn't big enough. He had done a handful of ethnic silent films and Vitaphone shorts, but he's just not film star material. He alternates between looking like Kevin Kline and Tobey Maguire.

This early part-talkie is often listed as being a "lost film," but it is available.

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