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Half Shot at Sunrise (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  4 October 1930 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Tommy Turner
Robert Woolsey ...
Gilbert Simpson
Dorothy Lee ...
Annette Marshall
George MacFarlane ...
Col. Marshall
Edna May Oliver ...
Mrs. Marshall
Leni Stengel ...
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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Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fusilamiento al amanecer  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

NOTHING BUT LOVE
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
Performed by Leni Stengel & Robert Woolsey
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Wheeler & Woolsey Go AWOL For Laughs
19 February 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Paris - 1918. Two zany American doughboys are AWOL and on the run from the Army MP's. When one of them falls in love with the youngest daughter of a philandering colonel, lunacy really erupts. If they're not careful, the Boys may find themselves HALF SHOT AT SUNRISE.

This was Wheeler & Woolsey's fourth film teaming, but actually the first in which they are the solo stars. (Bert Wheeler is the short, curly-haired one; Robert Woolsey is the skinny one with the glasses.) They are always fun to watch and know how to give a gag its full worth. Dorothy Lee, their frequent co-star, is still kewpie doll cute. The inimitable Edna May Oliver, generally so excellent, is given little more to do here than give an occasional disapproving sniff.

The Boys were unusually fortunate in having good musical numbers in their films - their songs & dances are always a highlight. This movie is no exception. Besides the Wheeler & Lee duet (`Whistling the Blues Away'), Woolsey gets to spoof Nijinsky (`Nothing But Love'), while dancing in his underwear. A bit bizarre, but effective.


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