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The Vagabond Lover (1929)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  1 December 1929 (USA)
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A zany musical about an amateur musician in search of work who impersonates a big band leader.

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Rudy Bronson
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Jean Whitehall
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Ethel Bertha Whitehall
Charles Sellon ...
Chief George C. Tuttle
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Mrs. Whittington Todhunter
Edward J. Nugent ...
Sport (as Eddie Nugent)
Danny O'Shea ...
Sam
Alan Roscoe ...
Grant's Manager
The Connecticut Yankees ...
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College senior Rudy Bronson forms a band with other students and decides to take them to the Long Island home of Ted Grant, his mail order saxophone teacher. Grant and his manager, however, annoyed at Rudy's persistent attempts for admittance, flee to the city. The band makes one last attempt to enter the house by breaking down the door, but they are witnessed by the neighbor, Mrs. Whitehall and her charming niece Jean, who call the police thinking they are burglars. Sport, one of the band members, tells the policeman that Rudy is the famous Ted Grant and lost his key, and Rudy goes along with the deception to avoid jail. Rudy then accepts Mrs. Whitehall's invitation to perform at her upcoming benefit for orphans, because he has fallen in love with Jean. But what will happen, he worries, when Jean finds out the truth. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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1 December 1929 (USA)  »

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Jazztrubaduren  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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Rudy Vallee's movie debut. See more »


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Nobody's Sweetheart
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman
Performed by The Connecticut Yankees
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Despite its datedness, I liked The Vagabond Lover
20 May 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After about a year on my Netflix wait list when this was previously listed as "long wait", I finally got this in the mail. Among the extras was a PSA about pollution with children (don't ask), Ch. 1 of a Zorro serial, and a talking piece with Rudy Vallee's widow. When clicking on the movie proper, it was introed by a Michael Young, a representative of a film school. The picture itself was a pretty good print for the most part. Knowing this was an early talkie, I found much of the dialogue to seem stilted as performed but when the Marie Dressler character was making faces near the end, I was highly amused by that part. Vallee himself wasn't much of an actor, at least not here, but his singing was quite smoothly compelling, even in today's terms though of course, his kind of music is not in vogue right now. Sally Blane, Loretta Young's sister, is quite a luminous presence, if nothing else. Overall, I liked The Vagabond Lover especially since it happened to be quite brief (65 minutes) compared to some of today's short features when the least running time would maybe just be 90 minutes.


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