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Sunny Skies (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 18 May 1930 (USA)
Rex Lease is the football hero whose temper and drinking threaten his spot on the team, and his romantic life..but his naive comical roommate (Benny Rubin) remains his steadfast supporter. ... See full summary »

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(story) (as A.P. Younger), (continuity) (as Earl Snell)
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Benny Krantz
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Mary Norris
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Jim Grant
Marjorie Kane ...
Doris
Harry Lee ...
Papa Krantz
Wesley Barry ...
Sturrle
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College Widow
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Dave (as Robert Randall)
James Wilcox ...
Smith
Eddy Chandler ...
(as Eddie Chandler)
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Rex Lease is the football hero whose temper and drinking threaten his spot on the team, and his romantic life..but his naive comical roommate (Benny Rubin) remains his steadfast supporter. Rubin's brush with death becomes the impetus for Lease to turn his life around. Written by shu-2

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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Not Rated
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18 May 1930 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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The film is preserved at the Library of Congress. See more »

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You for Me
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Written by Will Jason and Val Burton
Performed by Rex Lease, Benny Rubin and chorus
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Cultural historians have much to appreciate here
6 April 2003 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This pre-Code low budgeted Tiffany Productions feature showcases Benny Rubin, a vaudeville performer whose hallmark is dialect, in this instance Yiddish (although he also is adept throughout his lengthy career with many other characterizations, including blackface) and whose forte, contention with the English language, is in evidence within his every scene here. The continuity is thin, primarily to do with light romantic episodes of two couples who have met in a college and an assortment of improbable difficulties that they face, but this early sound film is highlighted by some sprightly songs composed by Will Jason and Val Burton, performed by three of the leads and one of the more loopy assemblages of extras to be found. Direction by Norman Taurog, who later bestowed his lack of skill upon an assortment of deserving Elvis Presley movies, is slack, and some of the acting rivals its lumpishness, but there are notable exceptions, particularly from uncommonly animated Patsy "Babe" Kane and elegant Marceline Day, with little anywhere to compare with the hilarious specialty dancing of Rubin, a talent which he never lost. Those with interest in American social history and mores will find a great deal to favour, after quickly parrying the storyline, with particular value present for cinema specialists in the disciplines of production design, costume, and dance, and for all who enjoy the study of linguistics and vernacular speech, particularly as these apply to the 1920s.


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