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Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)

 -  Musical  -  1 March 1930 (USA)
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A vaudeville and nightclub performer becomes successful and forgets who his friends really are.

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(as Edward H. Sloman)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Harry Raymond
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Dolores Fenton
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James Tierney
Aileen Pringle ...
Mrs. Teddy Van Rennsler
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Goldie Devere
Purnell Pratt ...
George Barnes
Richard Tucker ...
Fenway Brooks
Eddie Kane ...
Bob Wagner
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Dr. Blair
Sidney Franklin ...
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Crooner Harry Raymond and best friend James Tierney are working for a musical promoter when they meet Dolores Fenton who is trying to make ends meet by selling one of her songs. Raymond collaborates with Miss Fenton on her music but gets fired overzealoulsy selling it to his boss. Raymond and Tierney, along with their girlfriends, work in vaudeville until they are separated by a Broadway offer for Raymond and girlfriend Dolores. Success comes to the crooning Raymond in New York. He starts hobnobbing with high society, drinking heavily, and forgetting his old friends. It's a formula for a big fall. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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1 March 1930 (USA)  »

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Puttin' on the Ritz  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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1.20 : 1
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger! Death Ray (1995) See more »

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Puttin' on the Ritz
(1930)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Performed by Harry Richman (uncredited) and chorus
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Fantastic Effort, Bizarre Results

Since _Movie Mirror_ did a fine job of outlining the movie, I won't go into the plot too much. But there are some odd bits I'd like to comment on:

Everything seems to happen quickly in this movie, with the characters' lives changing every few scenes. Harry and Dolores get engaged to each other almost immediately. Harry instantly becomes a star, and wastes no time in starting up his own restaurant/club. Then, before you know it, he goes blind from some bad whisky. Ahh, to be amongst the beautiful people...

The stage sets in the bigger production numbers are beautiful, especially during the title song, where the backdrop of bobbing buildings is quite surreal. Just imagine what it would have been like, to be in the audience at that moment.

Overall, it's fairly easy to tell that this is an early talkie movie. The actress playing Dolores occasionally looks like she's acting in silent pictures. The shallow plot is strung out by a bad case of "excessive musical number-itis". And Harry's voice becomes increasingly difficult to tolerate/take seriously. But it's a good time, and an interesting point in the history of cinema.


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