Young Irish lad Tommy O'Day lives in a poor section of New York's Lower East Side, and is blessed with a beautiful singing voice. After an argument with his father, who accuses him of ...
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Young Irish lad Tommy O'Day lives in a poor section of New York's Lower East Side, and is blessed with a beautiful singing voice. After an argument with his father, who accuses him of stealing the family's life savings, Tommy leaves home and gets a job singing in a cabaret. He is successful and soon lands the lead in a Broadway revue. On opening night, just as he is about to go on stage, he receives word that his mother, who he has not seen since he left home, is dying and wants to see him. Written by
The DVD presently making the rounds has been apparently transferred from a surviving 35MM print, with well worn reel endings and changes, and runs 62 minutes, as opposed to the New York City 1929 running time of 82 minutes, suggesting that 2 reels have been eliminated over the ensuing years. See more »
This is a shameless rip off of The Jazz singer.Despite the fact that it was made 2 years later and was as they used to say "all talking all singing all dancing" it was a far worse film than the Jazz Singer.Indeed it takes mawkishness to new depths.Downey quits the show which is his big break to go and sing at the bedside of his dying mother,Beryl Mercer.As one author has put it she excels in whining.Of course she recovers.Downey gets huge publicity for his act and gets even better offers as a result of his selfless actions.Barbara Bennett appears in one of her few features before retirement.It is films like this that contributed to0 the early demise of the musical
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