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Sunny Side Up (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 18 April 1930 (Ireland)
Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (story and dialogue) (as DeSylva), Lew Brown (story and dialogue) (as Brown) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Molly Carr
Charles Farrell ... Jack Cromwell
Marjorie White ... Bea Nichols
El Brendel ... Eric Swenson
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Cromwell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Lake the Butler
Sharon Lynn ... Jane Worth
Frank Richardson ... Eddie Rafferty
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... Joe Vitto
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Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Talking Musical Romance See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This is the first film to feature Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell that was recorded in sound. See more »

Goofs

When Janet Gaynor go back to New York, crying, she forgot El Brendon's character's name and said twice "Oh El", instead of "Oh Eric" See more »

Quotes

Bee Nichols: Well, now that John Gilbert's married, who is your suppressed desire?
Molly Carr: Rin Tin Tin.
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Connections

Referenced in Hot and Cold (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

SUNNY SIDE UP
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung with chorus and danced by Janet Gaynor
Reprised by Frank Richardson and Marjorie White
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Forget your fear of 1920s musicals
24 December 2010 | by ChorusGirlSee all my reviews

Did Busby Berkeley view this film before making THE GANG'S ALL HERE (also at Fox)? The "water curtain" effect is exactly the same...the production number is also set on a Long Island estate...the heroine sings a sad solo number to the audience at the benefit...there are big inflated bananas. It's hard to imagine this wasn't at least an inspiration for his big Technicolor triumph.

SUNNY SIDE UP defies all the expectations you have of early sound musicals...it's lively, well acted, funny and--get this--beautifully photographed. If you have only been exposed to pioneering musicals like THE Broadway MELODY, THE SINGING FOOL, and SHOW OF SHOWS, this will feel like it arrived from Mars. Time has been kind to Janet Gaynor, who had a marvelous range (see her in Murnau's SUNRISE) and was almost devoid of the usual affectations and Talkie mannerisms. She gives a beguiling performance here. And as an added bonus: one of the most insane of all pre-Code musical numbers.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1930 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunny Side Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Multicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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