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Mother's Boy (1929)

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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Morton Downey ...
Tommy O'Day
Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs.O'Day
John T. Doyle ...
Mr.O'Day
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Harry O'Day
Helen Chandler ...
Rose Lyndon
Osgood Perkins ...
Jake Sturmberg
Lorin Raker ...
Joe Bush
Barbara Bennett ...
Beatrix Townleigh
Jennie Moskowitz ...
Mrs. Apfelbaum
Jacob Frank ...
Mr. Apfelbaum
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Robert Gleckler ...
Gus LeGrand
Tyrell Davis ...
Duke of Pomplum
Allen Vincent ...
Dinslow
Leslie Stowe ...
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Musical

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July 1929 (USA)  »

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(New York opening) (premiere) | (DVD)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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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 »

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There'll Be You and I
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Music Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Bud Green
Copyright 1929 Green & Stept Inc.
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Jazz Singer Rip Off
10 April 2014 | by (london) – See all my reviews

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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