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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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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:
Ernie Adams ... Man Thrown out of Apartment Building (uncredited)
Vince Barnett ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Ted Billings ... Bum with Violin (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Gino Corrado ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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)
Bodil Rosing ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Sidney Skolsky ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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
Duncan Mansfield  (as 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
 
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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:
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933), retitled The Heart of New York, was the first Hollywood feature film to be shown on regularly scheduled USA television. It was broadcast by W2XBS, New York City, on 5 July 1939, two months after their inauguration of regular service which had begun on 30 April 1939 with the opening of the New York World's Fair.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:
I Gotta Get Back to New YorkSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
hallelujah, thank Jolson for this movie, 11 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Slap-happy musical film that tries to use music and images together to meld a new format -- and ends up entertaining and likeable. Many of the songs are "recited" in operatic fashion, as when Jolson, the "Mayor of Central Park" (a famous bum) sings his case in court against a singing tribunal that he's been brought before on chargest of betraying his office by taking a job at a bank. A wonderful tracking shot introduces his job through sucessive levels of importance, beginning with high rollers and ending up with lyricist Lorenz Hart telling a customer he doesn't have a dime to give him. After we see all the varying levels of importance in the bank, we finally come on Jolson and his friend, doing the banking equivalent of peeling potatoes. Wonderful charm of Jolson and Langdon is dulled slightly by Morgan and Evans' stiff leads.

Rodgers music and Hart's lyrics are splendid, making this one of the most original, best written original musicals of all time. It should be noted that in his years later working with Oscar Hammerstein, Rodgers only wrote one original play for film (excluding the televised "Cinderella") -- "State Fair" -- which in my opinion, though charming, has got nothing on "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!" After the failure of this and several other Rodgers/Hart film projects, the duo returned to Broadway to become almost its only reliably successful writers in the later 30s. They left behind this little Hollywood gem to be rediscovered.

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