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Chasing Rainbows (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 23 February 1930 (USA)
The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. ... See full summary »

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The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. The spectacular dancing ensembles and colorful costumes and pulchritude on-stage offers a contrasting background to the drabness of the backstage, where joy, sorrow, tragedies, deception, and romance are intertwined. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's bubbling over with comedy and it's chock-full of tuneful song hits! (original ad) See more »


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1.20 : 1
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In its original format, the film contained 1249 feet of 2-strip Technicolor footage which, unfortunately, is either lost or unavailable at the present time; this unhappily includes the "Everybody Tap" number at the beginning of Reel #5, and the "Happy Days Are Here Again" finale in Reel #11. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Rock: Say, where's Terry? Did you lose him in that chop suey joint?
Carlie Seymour: Oh, I guess he couldn't find the place. He'll maybe wind up in some chink laundry lookin' for me.
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References King of Jazz (1930) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by Charles King
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early talkie - taking the show on the road
10 November 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Pretty big role for Jack Benny in his very first film acting role, playing someone besides himself (acc to IMDb). He rattles off many of his one-liners as Eddie, part of the big traveling (and unraveling) road show. He should know, after all those years of vaudeville, before getting his own radio and TV shows. This movie is all about taking the show on the road, and Bonnie's (Marie Dressler) facial expressions as she gets elbowed, steam-blasted by the train, and insulted by the rest of the cast. Dressler was showing her age here (sixty something, with pretty big bags under her eyes) but that didn't slow her down any. She made SEVEN films in 1930, and only made a couple more before passing away in 1934. Two of her last ones were biggies, Tugboat Annie, and Dinner at Eight! Co-stars Bessie Love (Carlie) and Polly Moran (Polly) had also started in the silents and continued on with the talkies. Lots of backstage jokes and chiding each other, mostly by Eddie and Polly. Also an on again, off again love story between Carlie and Terry (Charles King, who only made a few films). Some serious, touching moments between the girls as they talk over their intentions regarding the men-folk. Sad to note that the color song and dance portions are missing in action - hopefully someday they will be found. Directed by Charles Reisner, who had worked his way up through every occupation, starting with the silents. Written by Robert Hopkins, who would be nominated for an Oscar for his writing on San Francisco (1936). Good story, no plot holes, very family friendly. I really enjoyed watching this one.... it wasn't as hokey as a lot of those "back-stage, behind the scenes stories" were back then. Good to see J. Benny in an early role.


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