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Lucky Boy (1928)

A young Jewish man works in his father's jewelry business, but he doesn't like it at all--he wants to be an entertainer, something he knows that his father would never approve of. He comes ... See full summary »


Isadore Bernstein (continuity), Harry Braxton (titles) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
George Jessel ... Georgie Jessel
Gwen Lee ... Mrs. Ellis
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Ellis
Gayne Whitman ... Mr. Trent
Margaret Quimby ... Eleanor
Rosa Rosanova Rosa Rosanova ... Mamma Jessel
William H. Strauss William H. Strauss ... Papa Jessel
Mary Doran ... Becky
Patty Patty ... Patty of 'Patty and Fields' (amateur night act)
Fields Fields ... Fields of 'Patty and Fields' (amateur night act)
Joe Sevely Joe Sevely ... Amateur night act


A young Jewish man works in his father's jewelry business, but he doesn't like it at all--he wants to be an entertainer, something he knows that his father would never approve of. He comes up with a scheme to put on his own show in a theater and show his father that he can be a success, but things don't work out quite as well as he planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hear George Jessel sing his heart out - his impersonations - his jokes and stories, invoking laughter and tears. See a great artist give all he's got because the movies can now talk. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Musical







Release Date:

1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghetto See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tiffany-Stahl production number TS32. See more »


My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now
Music by Cliff Friend
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
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Unintentionally funny talking sequences. Songs OK.
2 October 2017 | by salvidienusorfitusSee all my reviews

The talking sequences in this Part-Talking film are unintentionally funny. I assume this was Tiffany's first attempt at making a film with talking sequences as I have never seen an early talkie with such slow speech, as if it was necessary for the actors to speak slowly in order for the audience to understand. The film would have been improved if the talking sequences were replaced with the Synchronized Score. The singing sequences are OK. The best songs are "My Mother's Eyes" and "Among My Souvenirs".... but based on his performance in this film, George Jessel was no actor. His singing is pleasing however, if a bit overly sentimental.

A very young Glenda Farrell appears in a bit role as a secretary and she is the best actor who has a speaking part. Her voice is natural and not slow and ridiculous like most of the rest of the actors. Margaret Quimby, for example, who plays George Jessel's love interest is terrible and her slow speech and overacting is laughable. Gwen Lee, Richard Tucker and Mary Doran (all of whom were superb actors in early talkies) are completely wasted in non-talking parts and not given a chance to speak. We hear Richard Tucker say exactly two words while he is off screen. Clearly Tiffany-Stahl was clueless about what actors had voices suitable for talking pictures.

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