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Crane Wilbur (dialogue continuity) ...
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Release Date:
28 February 1930 (USA) See more »
A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Kaley ... Roy
Ethelind Terry ... Ardis

Marion Shilling ... Nancy

Cliff Edwards ... Joe

Gwen Lee ... Bessie

Benny Rubin ... Phil
Drew Demorest ... Edwards
Jack Byron ... Mr. Millaire (as John Byron)
Rita Flynn ... Red Head

Hazel Craven ... Blondie

Gino Corrado ... Riccardi
Pauline Paquette ... Marie (as Pauline Paquet)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iris Adrian ... Lady In The Audience (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Voice on Radio (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Roy's Ex-Sweetheart (uncredited)

Ann Dvorak ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Party-Goer (uncredited)
Jack Harvey ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Song Publisher (uncredited)

Virginia Sale ... Flirty Dowager (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Larry - Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
William Nigh 
Writing credits
Nell Martin (from the novel by)

Crane Wilbur (dialogue continuity) and
Willard Mack (dialogue continuity)

Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Bohny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Allen M. Davey .... second camera operator (uncredited)
W. Howard Greene .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ira Hoke .... still photographer (uncredited)
Maurice E. Kains .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Tobey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
Music Department
Nacio Herb Brown .... music by
Arthur Freed .... lyrics by
Dimitri Tiomkin .... ballet music
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... dances staged by
Albertina Rasch .... ballet stager (as Madame Albertina Rasch)
Crew verified as complete

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80 min | USA:77 min (Turner library print)
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

In late 1928, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that it had bought Nell Martin's novel "Lord Byron of Broadway" and would be turning it into a musical with William Haines and Bessie Love. However, it went downscale when actually casting the central roles, and the lack of star power and the so unappealing story added up to a flop at the box office. Critics commented about its lackluster casting, and "Lord Byron Of Broadway" quickly sank at the box office.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Roast-Beef and Movies (1934)See more »
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Boy meets girl, boy makes good...boy becomes's a story as old as Hollywood., 23 January 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

According to IMDb, this film originally was supposed to be a bigger budgeted prestige film starring one of its huge stars at the time, William Haines (he's all but forgotten today but was one of MGM's biggest box office stars). However, the plot was rather bizarre and the studio apparently lacked confidence in the project and so that is why the folk who star in it are mostly no-name actors. The only guy in the credits that you might recognize is Cliff Edwards...who was later the voice of Jimminy Cricket. Still, it must have been a prestige picture to some extent, as there is a Two-Color Technicolor dance sequences in the film...and color was still rather expensive at the time and relatively rare.

The story is very familiar--but perhaps not so familiar back in 1930. In fact, the story is so similar, it's practically a giant cliché. A nice young man meets a girl and they fall in love...though neither knows it. The boy suddenly makes good and becomes a bit star...and his head swells to enormous proportions! Now, he's forgotten about the girl and is in love with a big-time singing star. Can the fat-head manage to get his head straight and realize what he's had all along or will he just ruin his life due to his incredible stupidity?!

Charles Kaley's singing in the lead isn't bad--particularly his rendition of "Should I Reveal". However, the woman who then sang it was just god-awful and listening to it was pure torture! The story is okay...just too familiar. Plus, Kaley's character was just too stupid and unlikable--even more fat-headed and selfish than it should have been. As a result, the film clearly has suffered from time. While it might have been pretty good for 1930, today only the most long-suffering viewer (like me!) would bother finishing the movie. Not bad...but not all that good as well. Plus the film's ending seemed to take forever to finally arrive...

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