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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)

Writers:

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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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Referenced in Les dossiers de l'écran: Boulevard du crépuscule (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Always
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
[Played by dance orchestra at ballroom]
Sung by Nick Lucas
[on Brunswick recording played in last scene]
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A Masterpiece of its Time
29 April 2013 | by EyeDunnoSee all my reviews

Wonderfully-paced, great camera movements, excellent location photography. When you compare this with other films of its era, you'll see how well Lonesome was developed. Being visual, I'm always interested in camera placement and movement. While other films of its time showed static camera shots, Lonesome always wanted to keep the camera moving. The pace rarely lets up, soon after the male protagonist Jim, wakes up.

The version I refer to is the Eastman House-restored film. It's presented in a pristine, high- definition film transfer from original film stock, a nitrate print apparently from France. What a treat to watch life from the early 20th century, and the way it seems, the storyline could be presented today, in modern New York City.

This version has music and plenty of sound effects, but it's still one of the last silent films of the era. It's a fun treat, watching the facial expressions as the performers have to sell their emotions without voices. It must have been a trend-setting piece of filmmaking in its time. I only wish the pace on some of the films made today had as much entertainment packed inside.

Packed within the Eastman House print are several scenes with actual dialog between the two, and there's also a bit of color-tinted B/W to boot somewhere in the film. It's worth it for true film buffs to find the restored version. There's no heavy storyline here, just a guy finding it hard to meet a woman he finds attractive. The film really gives me another reason to smile.


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