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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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With All the Glamor and Glitter of CONEY ISLAND That Millions Everywhere Are Always Eager To See See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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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

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1928 enter the U.S. public domain in 2024. 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

Some versions had hand-tinted color in the Coney Island night scenes. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Affair of Susan (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonesome
(uncredited)
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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A cute, wonderful romance story
4 March 2014 | by sb88See all my reviews

It's a shame Lonesome hasn't been seen more widely by modern audiences. The limited acclaim it's received is well deserved.

Lonesome is very simple. It's no more than a little romantic movie of two people who fall in love and then appear to lose each other. But the whole thing is told expertly well. The camera moves about freely in many unique and interesting ways. Visually alone, it's quite the spectacle. It also helps that the two in the lead roles are enjoyable.

Glenn Tyron is good enough in his lead role, but his romantic interest, played by Barbara Kent, is the real star. She is fun and playful when needed, but her soulful eyes convey more pain then most people ever could with their voices. Her charisma is evident from shot one.

The only downside to the film is the inclusion of a few sound scenes. Clearly done just to cash in on the new craze, it actually only serves to grind the story to a halt. It forces the movie to become stationary, and the dialogue itself is pretty inane.

I cannot recommend the film strongly enough, though. It's as enjoyable of a romance as you'll ever see. There's nothing too complicated here: just two people falling in love, and it's a joy to see.


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