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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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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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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)  »

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Aleluya  »

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

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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It was named as the years top money maker. See more »

Goofs

When fighting for the revolver after the craps game seven shots are fired from a six shooter. See more »

Quotes

Zeke: Excuse me, Missy Rose, but it looks like the devils in me here tonight.
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Soundtracks

Waiting at the End of the Road
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Daniel L. Haynes and the Dixie Jubilee Singers
Reprised by Daniel L. Haynes at his prayer meeting
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Deeply moving
6 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

A gorgeous, all-black masterpiece. King Vidor directs a group of (mostly) non-actors to depict a picture of black life in the South. Daniel L. Haynes stars as Zeke, a none-too-smart cotton farmer who is tricked into wasting half a year's pay on gambling by a sexy little hoochie (Nina Mae McKinney). When Zeke gets in a fight with the man who cheated to win his money, tragedy strikes. In a fit of grief, he begins to belt out a gospel song and the people around him think he should become a priest. Not only is this a great gospel musical, it's a great religious drama, one where the emotions of faith seem deeply felt and real. Vidor's direction is as good as it ever was. When a lot of the films of 1929 were clunky and static, this one has a beautiful visual and aural flow with only a couple of small stumbles along the way.


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