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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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Taglines:

A DRAMA OF SOUTHERN NEGRO LIFE! ALL-TALKING AND SINGING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallelujah See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

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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

An advertising poster for this film is pictured on one stamp of a set of five 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamps honoring Vintage Black Cinema, issued 16 July 2008. Other films honored in this set are Black and Tan (1929), The Sport of the Gods (1921), Princesse Tam-Tam (1935), and Caldonia (1945). See more »

Goofs

When Zeke confronts Chick and Hot Shot and strong-arms them in front of the crowd, the shadow of the microphone falls across Hot Shot as he is pushed to the background of the scene and tries to regain his composure. The shadow of the boom is also visible falling across the extras behind him. See more »

Quotes

Parson: Hello, Adam and Eve. What are you doin' 'round here?
Adam: Well, we just come down to see if you had time to marry us?
Eve: That's right.
Parson: To marry you? Are these eleven children yours?
Adam: That's right! And we thought it was about time for us to make it more permament.
Eve: That's right.
[laughs]
Parson: Seems like you made it mighty late to get 'round here to be married. The damage is all done!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Stray Dog (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Home
(uncredited)
Music based on "Symphony No. 9, Largo" by Antonín Dvorák
Adapted by William Arms Fisher
Lyrics by William Arms Fisher
Played on guitar and sung by Daniel L. Haynes
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Highly entertaining,thank you TCM
6 October 2004 | by mojo2004See all my reviews

I want to thank TCM for showing this movie and all others that wouldn't see the light of day. Yes this movie is crude in all phases of a movie coming together today. Since it took place in 1928 it's wonderful. My mother grew up down south in N.C. so yes a lot of Blacks were poor,picking cotton,living in shacks and finding release in either the church and or what was called the "devil's business" ,vice. The first time I saw this movie I wanted to cry, everything was so sad,and ugly but it held my interest. I hated how Zeke abandoned his family and I wanted them to hate him too.The "hootchie mama" Chick was very pretty and had a natural performing talent. I felt sorry for her when she died since she only wanted to be free. Funny thing about the movie is all over the U.S. the same story about Church,Sin, the Man of God, and the Heathen Woman is still going on.I love old movies with shaky film,missing dialouge,unskilled actors and all. It's a walking, talking bit of history unfolding before your eyes. I think as I watch the movie, did any of the actors make something of themselves? was anyone shunned for even doing this? did any church come out for the movie since I know many churches probably were against it. I saw the remark about it being racist and I disagree. It's a fact that Blacks sang as a release from the real world and all the misery that awaited them day after day. What would have been racist is if the actors had been White but in blackface. TCM showed this yesterday 10/5/04 and it's the 4th time I've seen it.I rate this 8/10.


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