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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 »

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:

REALISTIC! EARTHY!...it pictures in dialogue and heart-stirring song the reckless love and the gripping drama of the Southern Negro...come to the dusky cabarets....the revivals and the baptisms. (original ad) 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:

Aleluya See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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

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

The dialogue does not match the mouths of several cast members in the scene where Zeke disembarks from his train car and rides through town on a donkey. It is especially visible in the shot of Hot Shot harassing Missy Rose. See more »

Quotes

Parson: Mammy, where is my pipe? Why'd you hide my pipe for anyway? Why can't you let things be?
Mammy: I been stopped it where you just left it. Oh, here it is you old stew pot.
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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 The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Get on Board Little Children
(uncredited)
Traditional Spiritual
Sung a cappella by the congregation
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Historical Masterpiece!
16 February 2001 | by shazzarkallieSee all my reviews

I saw "Hallelujah" on cable television one night, and I had to buy the video because it really touched me. I learned that it was the first all-black sound movie, and I must say it was a classic. This was such an achievement for 1929, and I must say I immediately became a fan of the beautiful Nina Mae McKinney who played the young temptress Chick in the movie. This movie was enlightening because the characters, action and everything that took place reminded me so much of today's time, especially the character Chick as a temptress, the African-American church with its unique praise and the importance of dance and song. I loved the moral of the story, it was one of redemption and forgiveness. This is a powerful film and it will always remain a historical classic. "Hallelujah" gave the young Nina Mae McKinney her start, and she later inspired other African-American beauties like Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horn to let their stars shines. Truly she was before her time, but she helped blaze the trail for others to follow, and gave so much light from her star in this film. This movie is unforgettable and truly a classic!


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