Sunnyside Up (1929)

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Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jack Cromwell
Marjorie White ...
Bea Nichols
Eric Swenson
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Cromwell
Peter Gawthorne ...
Lake the Butler
Jane Worth
Frank Richardson ...
Eddie Rafferty
Joe Brown ...
Joe Vitto


Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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The screen's first original all talking, singing, dancing musical comedy. (Posters).


Comedy | Musical





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18 April 1930 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Sunny Side Up  »

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1.20 : 1
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Color sequences now only exist in black and white. See more »


When Janet Gaynor go back to New York, crying, she forgot El Brendon's character's name and said twice "Oh El", instead of "Oh Eric" See more »


Bee Nichols: Well, now that John Gilbert's married, who is your suppressed desire?
Molly Carr: Rin Tin Tin.
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Referenced in Hot and Cold (1933) See more »


Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung and danced by Marjorie White and Frank Richardson
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"Ten Shows A Day And A Midnight Matinée"
21 December 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sunnyside Up lays claim to the fact that it is the first original musical for the screen. It might very well be and if so deserves no small credit to the score that the Broadway team of DeSylva,Brown&Henderson wrote for it.

It also was the talking debut of the Fox screen team of Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor. They do sound a bit arch for today's taste, but at this time nearly everyone on the screen sounded that way. There singing voices are pleasant, but nothing else. But the screen chemistry is unmistakable.

The plot is typical for a stage musical at the time involving a poor girl falling for a rich boy. Farrell is the society kid who almost runs down a kid in Gaynor's neighborhood in the city. She takes him and he gets the bright idea to bring her out to Southampton to make his prospective fiancé Sharon Lynn jealous. But it all works too well as Gaynor goes for Farrell big time.

The thin plot is just an excuse to hang several musical numbers at the society party in the Hamptons and at a block party in the city which was the case for stage films. As Sunnyside Up was written directly for the screen, they didn't have to rewrite it to disguise any stage origins. Although Gaynor and to a lesser degree Farrell do their numbers most of the singing and dancing is taken up by Sharon Lynn and friends of Gaynor, Marjorie White and Frank Richardson.

The two best known songs I'm A Dreamer Aren't We All and If I Had A Talking Picture Of You were a couple early records that Bing Crosby did with the Paul Whiteman band. They are probably the best known recordings from this score.

Sunnyside Up still retains a lot of the charm it had even if its overacted for today's audience taste.

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