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Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 20 August 1929 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Daniel L. Haynes ... Zeke
... Chick
William Fountaine ... Hot Shot
Harry Gray ... Parson
... Mammy
Everett McGarrity ... Spunk
Victoria Spivey ... Missy Rose
Milton Dickerson ... Johnson Kid
Robert Couch ... Johnson Kid
Walter Tait ... Johnson Kid
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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A DRAMA OF SOUTHERN NEGRO LIFE! ALL-TALKING AND SINGING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Musical

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20 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aleluya  »

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

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(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

One of the opening shots is of a line of people picking cotton, but there is as much cotton in the field behind them as there is in front of them. Obviously the actors and extras were simply instructed to walk out into an unharvested cotton field and bend over and pretend to pick cotton just for the duration of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Zeke: I sure is tired, Chick. I'm tired of thinkin'
Chick: I know you is. Stop thinkin'.
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Soundtracks

Get on Board Little Children
(uncredited)
Traditional Spiritual
Sung a cappella by the congregation
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A great movie from a great director.

It's important to realize this was only the first year of sound pictures. Seen in that light, HALLELUJAH! has a remarkable fluidity, and a freedom from the tyranny of the sound camera that is little short of astonishing. (See "Singin' in the Rain" for a realistic depiction of this problem.) The acting is on a high level, if somewhat dated. King Vidor did an admirable job in depicting his characters' life condition, and was deservedly nominated as Best Director of 1929/30.


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