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On with the Show! (1929)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 13 July 1929 (USA)
A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star.

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(based on the play "Shoestring" by), (scenario)
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Cast

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Harold
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Nita
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Joe Beaton
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Kitty (as Sally O'Neill)
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Jimmy
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Sarah
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Jerry
Harry Gribbon ...
Joe
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Pete
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Durant
Fairbanks Twins ...
Twins
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Sam Bloom (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Thomas Jefferson ...
Dad
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Ethel
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Bart
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A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star.

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Musical | Romance

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Passed
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Technical Specs

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(Turner library print)

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(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #3060, Sam Hardy introduces the stars to the audience and talks about the story. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding Day
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Sung by Henry Fink, Arthur Lake, Josephine Huston, and Chorus
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Betty Compson more than makes up for sound, photography

When I saw "On With the Show" on Turner Classic Movies, I was very disappointed in the poor quality of the picture and the sound, but was very pleased by some clever dialog, although realizing some of it was not so clever, and I was absolutely in awe of the performance of Betty Compson.

She was not only lovely just to look at, in her big scene near the end, she stole the show.

She was more than charming -- she was adorable.

Joe E. Brown's presence in a movie is usually enough to make me skip it but here he is toned down considerably, is not so silly, and he performs an eccentric dance with a surprising athleticism. I actually liked him in "On With the Show."

Sally O'Neil was surprising. She sounded at first like some precocious child, with little-girlish voice, but when this caterpillar bursts out of her cocoon, she is a star.

One other aspect of this film is almost unique for its time: The cast is integrated. Right there on stage are black dancers with white dancers, although to be accurate there is not interaction between white and black. Still, it was a start.

Ethel Waters made what was apparently her film debut, and surely was an immediate hit since she was already a star in other media.

A 21st century viewer of "On With the Show" must consider context, remember the times in which it was made, during the changeover from silents to talkies, to be able to appreciate it fully.

There were lots of great individual talents involved, and a viewer should try to ignore the poor framing of the scenes and the poor quality of the sound, at least some of which might be because of the age or even generation of the print.

But appreciate the historicity as well as the talent, and you will enjoy "On With the Show" as much as I did.


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