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Big Boy (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  11 September 1930 (USA)
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Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

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Cast overview:
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Gus
Claudia Dell ...
Annabel
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mother
Lloyd Hughes ...
Jack
Eddie Phillips ...
Coley Reed
Lew Harvey ...
Doc Wilbur
Franklin Batie ...
Jim
John Harron ...
Joe
Tom Wilson ...
Tucker
Colin Campbell ...
Steve Leslie
Noah Beery ...
Bagby
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Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

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This was the first of two Jolson Broadway vehicles to be filmed; the other was Wonder Bar (1934). See more »

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Down South
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by William H. Myddleton
Lyrics by Sigmund Spaeth
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Al Jolson attempted to re-create his hugely successful Broadway show by making this film. Unfortunately, Jolson on film is a pale ghost compared to entertainer referred to as the "World's Greatest." On Broadway in "Big Boy" Al Jolson received what are to this day, the greatest reviews a Broadway stage performer has ever garnered. (see, Herbert Goldman, "The Legend Comes to Life") All who saw him perform knew that Jolson did not work on film, and Jolson knew it himself - - he simply could not put across on film his electrifying and magnetic stage persona through celluloid. Thus his screen performances are stiff and wooden. The media was completely wrong for him. In this film we see only glimpses of what audiences saw on the stage: an extraordinary comedian, singer and "presence." It must, unfortunately, fail to deliver. But it is worth seeing as one might want to see a still photograph of a lost work of art, or magnificent edifice.


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