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Sally (1929)

Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. ... See full summary »

Writers:

Guy Bolton (author of Ziegfeld's musical comedy), Waldemar Young (screen version)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marilyn Miller ... Sally
Alexander Gray ... Blair Farell
Joe E. Brown ... Grand Duke Connie
T. Roy Barnes ... Otis Hooper
Pert Kelton ... Rosie
Ford Sterling ... 'Pops' Shendorff
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Ten Brock
E.J. Ratcliffe E.J. Ratcliffe ... John Farell
Jack Duffy ... Roue
Ethel Stone Ethel Stone ... Lutie
Nora Lane ... Marcia
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Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. Working as a waitress, she goes from job to job until she finds a job that also allows her to dance. At the restaurant, she meets Blair, and they both fall for each other, but Blair is engaged to Marcia. Sally is hired to impersonate a famous Russian dancer named Noskerova, but at that engagement, she is found to be a phony and that Blair is engaged. Undaunted, she proceeds with her life and has her show on Broadway, but she still thinks of Blair. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cilly See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Fragments of the color film for the "Wild Rose" song and dance number were found in the 1990s and have been intercut into the print that Turner Classic Movies shows on its cable channel. See more »


Soundtracks

After Busines Hours
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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SALLY is a revelation!
9 May 1999 | by Norman-3See all my reviews

Many years ago I heard a recording of a wobbly voiced singer by the name of Marilyn Miller that seemed to belie her reputation as one of the brightest lights that ever shone on Broadway.

A few years ago, Turner Entertainment released the remains of what's left of a primitive early talkie called SALLY. SALLY was a legendary stage show first produced by Ziegfeld in 1919, representing Miss Miller's greatest triumphs. In 1929, she was given the opportunity to preserve her performance in this oversized adaptation.

The entire film was shot and released in 2-color Technicolor, and this process apparently had the by-product of enhancing the range of the sound.

The film is undeniably dated. It lacks rhythm that later films would quickly master. What is thrilling and fascinating is to watch this great star, Marilyn Miller, in action. Her greatest asset was her dancing, though even that wobbly voice has its charms.

The film is in woeful need of restoration. That said, it is pretty much all there. Provided the viewer is able to make the leap of faith in understanding that it a technological dinosaur, you can settle in and luxuriate in witnessing something like an authentic classic Ziegfeld show.


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