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Sunny (1930)

TV-PG  |   |  Musical  |  9 November 1930 (USA)
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To be near the fella she loves, an English bareback rider dons dungarees vandalism cap to pass as a boy stows away to America, gets caught, marries someone else...and finally ends up in the... See full summary »



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To be near the fella she loves, an English bareback rider dons dungarees vandalism cap to pass as a boy stows away to America, gets caught, marries someone else...and finally ends up in the warm embrace of her beloved. Such fluffy foolishness is the plot of sunny, the Broadway smash brought to screen life by the irresistible Marilyn Miller, recreating her stage success in the title role. The sparkling Jerome kern - Oscar Hammerstein lotto hardback score includes who? and the title tune. And the lovely Miller socks' em over with her winning voice, exhilarating dancing skills band infectious good cheer. If this is your firs encounter with Marilyn Miller, prepare to be a fan.

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(Western Electric Sound System)


(with color sequence)

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1.37 : 1
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Adapted from a stage musical that opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on September 22, 1925 and ran for 517 performances. Marilyn Miller recreated her Broadway role for this film. See more »


(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Marilyn Miller and Lawrence Gray
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Hampered by antiquated sound....don't watch unless you are really eager to see Miss Miller.
31 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Vitaphone/Warner Brothers folks were the foremost studio when it came to sound. Because of that, I was a bit confused when I watched "Sunny" as the sound was really, really bad. It seriously sounded as if the sound was recorded in a telephone booth--and you were outside trying to listen! Fortunately, the version shown on Turner Classic movies IS captioned and I strongly advise you to turn on your television's captioning for this film. You'll need it!

"Sunny" stars Marilyn Miller--a very talented Broadway star who only made three early sound films before dying at age 37! The film begins with Miller feeling fed up with life in the circus and she disappears dressed as a man. She then stows away on a ship bound for America--not realizing her father is in pursuit. He is determined that she should marry a rich but dreadfully dull Brit--who Marilyn keeps referring to as 'the fish'. Can she manage to make it to America or is it an unhappy marriage to a weenie instead?

While this film is a bit antiquated, you can clearly see the formula that would become the norm in future musicals of its type. The film features a few songs (actually not that many for a musical) and several dance numbers from Miller. And, true to the formula, a bit of comic relief to keep the overall mood very light. If it weren't for the bad sound, I'd strongly encourage you to see it. In its present form, however, it's one you might just want to skip.

By the way, in the wedding scene on the ship, how did they get a bridal gown for Miller and all the bridesmaids? After all, they were in the middle of the ocean and the wedding was unplanned!!

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