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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 »
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The Depression in Central Park 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)
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Trivia:
The original trailer for "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" said it was the first musical to use rhyming dialogue. It wasn't: two others for which Rodgers and Hart wrote songs, "The Hot Heiress" (1931) and "Love Me Tonight" (1932), preceded it.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hooray for Hollywood (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bumper Found a GrandSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Depression in Central Park, 21 July 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum is the only film Al Jolson did in which he eschewed his blackface completely. He should only have done it earlier and stuck to it.

This film was an experiment in something the producers call "rhyming dialog" Today I think it would be called rap. Audiences didn't really take to it in 1933, but today's audience would probably appreciate it more.

A knowledge of history would help. Until the summer of 1932, New York City had a mayor who was something of a ladies' man whose favorite nightspot was a nightclub right in Central Park. It hasn't been there since the late thirties, Tavern on the Green is a poor substitute. Mayor James J. Walker's favorite dining spot was the Central Park Casino. And many homeless and jobless lived in Central Park in their own makeshift city as the recent film Cinderella Man so aptly demonstrated to today's audience.

Frank Morgan before he became typecast as Mr. Befuddlement is the Mayor of New York. And Al Jolson is the unofficial mayor of Central Park. Through a chain of circumstances they both become involved with the same girl, Madge Evans.

Rodgers and Hart wrote two songs in addition to the rhyming dialog, the title song and You Are Too Beautiful. The latter is a nice romantic ballad that Jolson delivers well. Later on in the 1940s both Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra had primo versions of this song as well.

In Great Britain the film was released as Hallelujah I'm a Tramp because in the British Isles, the word bum has a different connotation.

It's an enjoyable film today if you can catch it by all means do so.

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