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Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 20 August 1929 (USA)
A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Wanda Tuchock (scenario), Richard Schayer (treatment) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Daniel L. Haynes Daniel L. Haynes ... Zeke
Nina Mae McKinney ... Chick
William Fountaine William Fountaine ... Hot Shot
Harry Gray Harry Gray ... Parson
Fanny Belle DeKnight ... Mammy
Everett McGarrity Everett McGarrity ... Spunk
Victoria Spivey Victoria Spivey ... Missy Rose
Milton Dickerson Milton Dickerson ... Johnson Kid
Robert Couch Robert Couch ... Johnson Kid
Walter Tait Walter Tait ... Johnson Kid
Dixie Jubilee Singers Dixie Jubilee Singers
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Storyline

In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game. He loses $100, the money he got for the sale of his family's entire cotton crop. His brother Spunk is mortally wounded in the shoot-out which follows. Zeke goes away but returns as Brother Zekiel the preacher. His forceful preaching draws the faithful in large numbers. Even Chick wants to be saved. Zekiel has asked the pretty Missy Rose to marry him, but Chick can still cast a spell over the preacher... Written by David Steele

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King Vidor brings you in his startling picture the soul of the colored race. (Print Ad- Roane County Reporter ((Spencer WVA)) 20 February 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallelujah See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was King Vidor's first sound film. See more »

Goofs

When Zeke is shown singing atop the train car, the audio of his singing does not match his lip movements, probably due to difficulties relating to dubbing in 1929 (the footage on the train was clearly shot silent, with singing and effects added in post-production). See more »

Quotes

Mammy: What is the matter, Son?
Zeke: I'm just thinkin' Mammy. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have you and Missy Rose to look after me.
Mammy: I tell you, it done take a good woman for to keep a man out of mischief these days.
Zeke: That's right, Mammy, it sure does.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this movie in a silent version, with Marian Ainslee writing the titles. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
(uncredited)
Traditional Spiritual
Sung offscreen during the opening credits
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I really enjoy this film.
5 September 2001 | by jimkis-3See all my reviews

This film, despite its early talkie crudities, is one of the best religious dramas ever filmed in my opinion. It gets better with each viewing, as you discover more and more nuances in the script and the filmmaking as well. The performances of the leads are stellar -- especially Daniel J. Haynes in the lead. And Nina Mae McKinney is fabulous as "Chick" -- a seductress who tempts Haynes on so many different levels -- subverting and perverting his religious fervor to mold to her pure carnal lust. The spirituals are stirring; the story, though somewhat maudlin, is compelling and quite plausible. The revival scenes are both uplifting and moving. Forget that it was the first "all-black" musical or drama or whatever...it holds it place as a fine film...and doesn't need to be pigeonholed as a historical or "race" period piece. Bold, brave...and ultimately reverent...this is a true film classic.


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