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Lonesome (1928)

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Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again?

Director:

Pál Fejös (as Paul Fejos)

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Mann Page (story), Edward T. Lowe Jr. (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Kent ... Mary
Glenn Tryon ... Jim
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Overdressed Woman on Roller Coaster
Gusztáv Pártos Gusztáv Pártos ... Romantic Gentleman on Roller Coaster (as Gustav Partos)
Eddie Phillips ... Sportive Gentleman on Bus
Andy Devine ... Jim's Friend
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Storyline

A lonesome boy and a lonesome girl meet accidentally on their Saturday-off at Coney Island. It is love at fight sight but over the bewilderment of their sudden romance and escape from loneliness, they don't even realize they don'y even known each other's name until a fire breaks out and they are separated. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1929 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Solitude See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences) (music and sound effects)| Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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It was one of the first motion pictures to have sound and a couple of talking scenes. It was released in both silent and monaural versions. Some scenes in existing original prints of the film are colored with stencils. See more »

Quotes

Jim: I'm only an ordinary working stiff. And I'm so tired of being alone that I can't even stand my own company.
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Alternate Versions

Produced in both sound and silent versions. The sound version was 6,785 feet in length, and the silent version was 6,193 feet. See more »


Soundtracks

Lonesome
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Music by Joseph Cherniavsky
Words by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
Irving Berlin Music (1928)
[Sung by unidentified soprano over end titles]
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Cute, but no masterpiece
1 November 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A young man and a young woman lead nearly identical lives throughout the day, he a punch-press operator and she a telephone operator. After work, both decide to go to Coney Island, where they meet, have fun, fall in love, and then lose each other. The movie's cute, but it isn't anything superb. There were two much better films made in the same year that Lonesome reminds me of. First, King Vidor's The Crowd, one of the best films of the period. That one takes place over quite a lot more time, but the styles are similar, with The Crowd being much more sophisticated in its narrative, characterization, etc. The Coney Island scenes are probably the most celebrated part of Lonesome, but these are nothing compared to those in the Harold Lloyd vehicle Speedy. Fejös exaggerates these scenes beyond belief, with so much confetti falling on the Coney Island patrons that one would think the crowd would drown in paper. This film is from the school of silent filmmaking where putting a lot of people on screen at the same time is considered ingenious. In comparison, the crowds of Speedy are believable, and that sequence is absolutely lovely. Lonesome also suffers from three intrusive sound sequences, which Universal forced in at the last minute. They stop the film dead in its tracks (but they are somewhat funny). Overall, the film is entertaining, if not too memorable. One particular sequence stands out as masterful: the man's and woman's workdays, edited back to back, with the whole screen surrounded by the numbers on a clock, translucent hands following the time. 7/10.


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