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Half Shot at Sunrise (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 4 October 1930 (USA)
The stage stars Wheeler and Woolsey play two soldiers who go absent without leave in Paris, during World War I.

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Cast

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Tommy Turner
Robert Woolsey ...
Gilbert Simpson
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Annette Marshall
George MacFarlane ...
Col. Marshall
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Mrs. Marshall
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Olga
Hugh Trevor ...
Lt. Jim Reed
Roberta Robinson ...
Eileen
Jack Rutherford ...
MP Sergeant (as John Rutherford)
Original John Tiller Girls ...
Performers (as The Tiller Sunshine Girls)
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The stage stars Wheeler and Woolsey play two soldiers who go absent without leave in Paris, during World War I.

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Comedy | Musical

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Passed
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Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fusilamiento al amanecer  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

WHISTLING THE BLUES AWAY
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
Performed by Bert Wheeler & Dorothy Lee
Later danced at Pierre's café by Original John Tiller Girls
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much fun in Paris
4 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

RKO gave the vaudeville comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey a second starring feature with this fairly funny piece set in Paris during the Great War. The boys are AWOL from their lowly ranks in the army and running amok amongst the girls in the wicked city. Meanwhile the colonel (former singer George MacFarlane) is juggling a romance with the sparky Olga (scene-stealing Leni Stengel) and the suspicion of his wife (Edna May Oliver's film debut), while his youngest daughter (the team's resident cutie, Dorothy Lee, fixing on curly-haired Wheeler as usual) is on the prowl for someone to ‘be nice' to her.

The movie has a watchable mix of pure comedy (the roller skating waiter, the scented letter, the café scene), songs (the usual duet for Wheeler and Lee; plus a fun bit for Woolsey and Stengal where he ends up dancing in a fountain in his underwear), and romance – with the obligatory happy endings after all the mayhem. What does jar though is the attempt to signpost the war by sending the boys to the Front – this section just doesn't fit somehow.


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