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The Vagabond Lover (1929)

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

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Jean Whitehall
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Ethel Bertha Whitehall
Charles Sellon ...
Chief of Police George C. Tuttle
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Mrs. Whittington Todhunter
Edward J. Nugent ...
Sport (as Eddie Nugent)
Danny O'Shea ...
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Alan Roscoe ...
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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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Comedy | Musical

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1 December 1929 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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This was one of the earliest of the more than 700 titles included in the RKO Radio feature film package released to television in late 1955 by the C&C Television Corp. Because of its age, telecasts were few and far between, but determined viewers were rewarded with its broadcasts in Pittsburgh Friday 27 December 1957 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Washington DC Wednesday 18 June 1958 on WTTG (Channel 5), and in San Francisco Monday 16 November 1959 on The Late Show on KPIX (Channel 5). It now receives an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies, most recently Tuesday 14 June 2016 as part of their tribute to their Star of the Month, Marie Dressler. See more »

Quotes

Rudy Bronson: [singing] I'm just a Vagabond Lover, In search of a sweetheart it seems, And I know that some day I'll discover, The girl of my Vagabond dreams...
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Soundtracks

Sweetheart, We Need Each Other
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Performed by the dance troupe at the benefit
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Pleasant Earlytalkie
21 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Vagabond Lover" could be considered the perfect example of the early-talkie. The acting by Mr. Vallee is rather non-exsistant, but his singing and the music is quite pleasant, and the performance by the great Marie Dressler as "Auntie" makes up for the rest. The photography is very representative of the early sound era, with the actors grouped around a hidden mike with hordes of people in the frame. The sound itself is remarkably good, maybe the best remaining example of early sound recording. There is one chorus number which has a brief overhead shot of the type that Busby Berkely would make famous a year later in "Whoopee!". The film is a brief 65 minutes in length, and it is a rather modest black-and-white production, but it remains a telling window into the 1920s, with it's fashions, music and such. This was also one of the most profitable films of the year for the fledgling Radio Pictures, a new company set up that year to take advantage of the RCA Photophone system. The DVD has a rather dry commentary prolouge by a UCLA film specialist which appears to be taped in his apartment. Rather poorly edited, this feature is easy to skip on the DVD, once you have seen it once. Other players featured in this include Loretta Young's sister, Sally Blane, Eddie Nugent and especially Nella Walker, as Marie Dressler's rival for social prominence. The story, by James Ashmore Creelman, was purportedly based on Mr. Vallee's own carrer.


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