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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (original story)
S.N. Behrman (adaptation)
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Release Date:
3 February 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The First Picture Ever Done in "Rhythmic Dialogue!" (original poster) See more »
Plot:
A New York tramp (Jolson) falls in love with the mayor's amnesiac girlfriend after rescuing her from a suicide attempt | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Highy entertaining. See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Al Jolson ... Bumper

Madge Evans ... June Marcher

Frank Morgan ... Mayor John Hastings
Harry Langdon ... Egghead
Chester Conklin ... Sunday
Tyler Brooke ... Mayor's Secretary
Tammany Young ... Orlando
Bert Roach ... John
Edgar Connor ... Acorn
Dorothea Wolbert ... Apple Mary
Louise Carver ... Ma Sunday
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vince Barnett
Heinie Conklin

Gino Corrado
Bodil Rosing
Sidney Skolsky
Ernie Adams ... Man thrown out of Apartment Building (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Bum with Violin (uncredited)
John George ... Bum (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Len (uncredited)
Lorenz Hart ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Cop (uncredited)
Burr McIntosh ... Dignitary at Laying of Cornerstone (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... The General (uncredited)
Richard Rodgers ... Photograper's Assistant (uncredited)
Billy West ... Bum (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (original story)

S.N. Behrman (adaptation)

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot  (as Lucien Andriot)
 
Film Editing by
W. Duncan Mansfield 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Oscar Lagerstrom .... sound
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
V.L. McFadden .... technical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lazy Bones" - USA (reissue title)
"The Heart of New York" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
82 min | USA:68 min (re-release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Both Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart have cameos in the film. In the scene where Frank Morgan is photographed with a baby, there is a shot of the photo team. Rodgers is on the left. When the story shifts to Bumper being employed at the bank, Hart is the teller who refuses to cash a $5 check - he has one line but Rodgers has none.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: A cameraman's arm is reflected in the partially opened window of the Mayor's limousine when the Mayor meets Bumper at the casino.See more »
Soundtrack:
My Pal BumperSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Highy entertaining., 21 April 2008
Author: PWNYCNY from United States

If anyone doubts that Al Jolson was one of Hollywood's greatest and most versatile performers, then watch this movie. Everything about this movie is excellent and entertaining. The movie has a great story, excellent, spirited acting, and an engaging, dynamic script, most of which is said in rhyme. The movie is also a remarkable commentary on social and economic inequalities in modern society as the "bum" is not only a victim but a hero who offers hope for the downtrodden and encourages all not to lose heart, to stay engaged and to try to enjoy life with as few worries as possible. Especially surprising was Frank Morgan who gives a powerful portrayal as a big-city mayor who is in love. Nothing in this movie is corny. It tells a story, has lots of action, has wonderful characters and is both uplifting and highly entertaining.

Another interesting feature of this movie is that it is performed by actors and actresses who, for the most part, are all but forgotten today. Al Jolson is still an icon, but Harry Langdon, Madge Evans, Chester Conklin, Edgar Connors ... they were excellent, and all but forgotten. A really marvelous movie.

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