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Say It with Songs (1929)

Joe Lane kills another man in a fistfight after learning that the man has made improper advances towards his wife. Joe goes to prison for the murder. When Joe gets out of prison, he visits ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Harvey Gates (screenplay), Harvey Gates (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Al Jolson ... Joe Lane
Davey Lee ... Little Pal
Marian Nixon ... Katherine Lane
Holmes Herbert ... Dr. Robert Merrill
Kenneth Thomson ... Arthur Phillips
Fred Kohler ... Fred, Joe's Cellmate
Frank Campeau ... Officer>
John Bowers ... Dr. Burnes, surgeon
Ernest Hilliard Ernest Hilliard ... Radio Station Employee
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Jones
Claude Payton Claude Payton ... Judge
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Storyline

Joe Lane kills another man in a fistfight after learning that the man has made improper advances towards his wife. Joe goes to prison for the murder. When Joe gets out of prison, he visits his son "Little Pal" at school. Little Pal tries to follow Joe downtown, but is hit by a truck. Written by Trisha Warren

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Taglines:

See and hear Al Jolson in Say It With Songs. (Newspaper ad). See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1930 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cantaré para ti See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #3068, Al Jolson talks to the audience about the film. See more »

Goofs

When Marian Nixon gets Al Jolson's record of "Little Pal" out of an album to play for their son Davey Lee, in the long shot the record is on the real-life Victor label, but in the insert closeup the record is on the fictitious "Metropolitan" label. See more »

Soundtracks

Why Can't You
(uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Performed by Al Jolson
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Jolson Slips
30 November 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

New York radio singer Al Jolson (as Joe Lane) is appalled when his wife Marian Nixon (as Katherine) reveals a shocking incident. She has been invited to be "nice" sexually with the station manager in order to advance Mr. Jolson's career. Jolson takes matters into his own hands, resulting in an unexpected tragedy. Consequently, Jolson is arrested and separated from his beloved son Davey Lee (as "Little Pal"). Even greater tragedies follow. This was made to look like a sequel to Jolson's "The Singing Fool" (1928) but falls significantly short. Probably, Jolson's already tremendous ego was too much for director Lloyd Bacon and the studio to bear...

"Say It with Songs" could have been a successful melodrama, but the players look helpless and uneasy. Performances, set direction, camera-work and editing are not entirely competent. The artful sequences highlighting Jolson's previous films are mostly absent. The soundtrack and music are good, though. "Little Pal" b/w "I'm in Seventh Heaven" and "Why Can't You" all made the national top ten. While not as strong as "Sonny Boy", "Little Pal" provided and interesting interlude near the end; it was another #1 hit record. The #2 flip side, "I'm in Seventh Heaven" was the superior tune; it's the closing song and ends the film on a good note.

*** Say It with Songs (8/6/29) Lloyd Bacon ~ Al Jolson, Marian Nixon, Davey Lee, Holmes Herbert


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