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Chasing Rainbows (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 23 February 1930 (USA)
The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Reisner

Writers:

Robert E. Hopkins (story "Road Show") (as Robert Hopkins), Bess Meredyth (story "Road Show") | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Bessie Love ... Carlie Seymour
Charles King ... Terry Fay
Jack Benny ... Eddie Rock
George K. Arthur ... Lester
Polly Moran ... Polly
Gwen Lee ... Peggy
Nita Martan Nita Martan ... Daphne Wayne
Eddie Phillips ... Don Cordova
Marie Dressler ... Bonnie
Youcca Troubetzkov ... Lanning
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The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. The spectacular dancing ensembles and colorful costumes and pulchritude on-stage offers a contrasting background to the drabness of the backstage, where joy, sorrow, tragedies, deception, and romance are intertwined. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's bubbling over with comedy and it's chock-full of tuneful song hits! (original ad) See more »


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Trivia

Though this is an MGM film, Bessie Love is seen reading an edition of Variety. On the back, blazoned in large letters are an advert for Universal's "King of Jazz"(1930). See more »

Quotes

Bonnie: In five minutes, I'll have you as sober as I am.
[stumbles into clothes rack, knocking it over]
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Connections

References King of Jazz (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Do I Know What I'm Doing?
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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Missing Musical Numbers
21 December 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

What a potentially great film (finally got hold of a copy), a big hit MGM musical that boasted Bessie Love, Charles King, Jack Benny, Marie Dressler, and Polly Moran.

What a shame that all the Technolor is gone from the existing print, and even worse, so are all the big production numbers! Title cards appear to tell us where the numbers USED to be. Even the audio is gone.

Indeed we miss Bessie Love leading a chorus in "Everybody Tap," Charles King singing "Love Ain't Nothing' but the Blues." and Marie Dressler singing "My Dynamic Personality." Also the entire finale of "Happy Days Are Here Again" is also gone. Thanks to Richard Barrios for listing the missing songs in a footnote in A SONG IN THE DARK.

The few numbers that are left aren't too great. King sings "Lucky Me and Lovable You" to Love (who does not sing). But they do a short dance number. Dressler does an early number on the train, and Nina Martan (odd spelling) also sings one song.

In this backstage musical about an acting company traveling across country in a show called "Goodbye Broadway," we get the usual stories about jealousy, love, etc. Love is adorable as Carlie, King is better than he was in THE Broadway MELODY, Benny is funny, and of course Dressler and Moran steal every scene they're in. George K. Arthur has a small role as a (gay?) member of the troupe, and so does Gwen Lee as the member who quits early on, requiring them to hire Martan. Eddie Phillips plays the smarmy lover.

After smash hits with THE Broadway MELODY and Hollywood REVUE OF 1929, MGM launched this musical with its A Cast, but by the time the film hit theaters, the craze for musicals was winding down. Revue films were so unpopular that MGM included "Not a Revue" in its advertising for CHASING RAINBOWS. Bessie Love was MGM's #1 musical star of the time, and Marie Dressler and Polly Moran are just plain hysterically funny together.

Let's hope these Technicolor musical numbers are found some day. What a treat that would be!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road Show See more »

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| (TCM Print) (incomplete)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (two sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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