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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:
Obscure but Enjoyable Rodgers & Hart Musical 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)
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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 »
Soundtrack:
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Obscure but Enjoyable Rodgers & Hart Musical, 20 March 2002
Author: Evan J. Chase from Ohio

The idea of rhythmic dialogue seems strange today, but was a short-lived fad in the early 30s (best example is the 3 Stooges first Columbia short: "Woman Haters")It works well in Halleleujah, I'm a Bum, since rhyming is only done in parts of the picture.

This was my first introduction to 30s musicals, and is now released on DVD. The "mistress situation" of the Mayor of New York keeping lovely Madge Evans in an apartment in the same building as his is rather interesting as well. Although a "dud" at the boxoffice in 1933, this picture has developed a cult following over the years. Jolson's starring movie career was over by the late 30's due to his ego, but he still has a major reputation as one of the greatest entertainers in history. This picture is a wonderful example of the wild enthusiasm of Hollywood's early talkie musicals with a moral to the story.

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