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Harold Atteridge (based on a musical comedy by)
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Release Date:
11 September 1930 (USA) See more »
Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby. | Add synopsis »
Noah’S Ark – George O’Brien, Dolores Costello
 (From Alt Film Guide. 24 September 2009, 10:20 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)

Al Jolson ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edna Bennett ... Dolly Reed (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Race Fan Wearing Straw Hat (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Oyster Customer (uncredited)
Ray Turner ... Stableboy (uncredited)
Carl White ... Character (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Crosland 
Writing credits
Harold Atteridge (based on a musical comedy by)

Billy K. Wells (screen play & dialogue by) (as William K. Wells) &
Rex Taylor (screen play & dialogue by)

Buddy G. DeSylva  play (uncredited)
James P. Henley  play (uncredited)
Joseph Meyer  play (uncredited)
Perry N. Vekroff  screenplay (uncredited)

Original Music by
Rex Dunn (uncredited)
Alois Reiser (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (edited by)
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (costumes)
Music Department
Erno Rapee .... general music director
Louis Silvers .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as a Warner Bros.-Vitaphone Talking Picture)

Additional Details

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

This was the first of two Jolson Broadway vehicles to be filmed; the other was Wonder Bar (1934).See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
positive comments, 30 October 2002
Author: billcarpenter from London, England

I was fortunate enough to see this film on the big screen (as all great film stars should be seen) almost 20 years ago and it was one of the most thrilling film experiences I have ever had.

Despite the film being politically incorrect in this day & age it is a great testament to all the performers who appeared in the beginnings of the sound revolution.

Al Jolson appeared as Gus the main character (& the role he actually played on broadway many times in different productions)in this play that was literally filmed on the stage.

If anyone with an open mind sits through a showing of the film, I'm sure that they would appreciate the 'rough' basic performances and the contribution they made to film history.

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