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Half Shot at Sunrise (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 4 October 1930 (USA)
The stage stars Wheeler and Woolsey play two soldiers who go absent without leave in Paris, during World War I.

Director:

Paul Sloane

Writers:

James Ashmore Creelman (story), Anne Caldwell (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Tommy Turner
Robert Woolsey ... Gilbert Simpson
Dorothy Lee ... Annette Marshall
George MacFarlane ... Col. Marshall
Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Marshall
Leni Stengel ... Olga
Hugh Trevor ... Lt. Jim Reed
Roberta Robinson ... Eileen
Jack Rutherford ... MP Sergeant (as John Rutherford)
Original John Tiller Girls Original John Tiller Girls ... Performers (as The Tiller Sunshine Girls)
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Storyline

The stage stars Wheeler and Woolsey play two soldiers who go absent without leave in Paris, during World War I.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

soldier | world war one | See All (2) »

Taglines:

World's greatest comedians are in the Army now!...Clowns in khaki run wild on the Boulevards...bounce laughs off the Eiffel Tower...play riot in the Grin and Garter belt at Gay Paree! (Print Ad- Ludington Sunday Morning News, ((Ludington Mich.)) 8 March 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fusilamiento al amanecer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$529,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Three songs by Harry Tierney have been cut from the movie: "Kiss Me, Cherie" (sung by Dorothy Lee and Bert Wheeler), "Riviera Moon", and "On Parade" (danced by Original John Tiller Girls). See more »

Goofs

After a number with Tommy and Gilbert, Annette jumps off the roof of the car, expecting to be caught by the pair, but isn't. She lands on her posterior beside the car. In the next shot, when one of the MPs run up, she's in the same position but much further from the car. See more »

Quotes

Annette Marshall: Are you married?
Tommy Turner: No, I just naturally look worried.
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Opening credits are shown over a battlefield scene, with barbed wire. See more »


Soundtracks

NOTHING BUT LOVE
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
Performed by Leni Stengel & Robert Woolsey
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Wheeler & Woolsey Go AWOL For Laughs
19 February 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Paris - 1918. Two zany American doughboys are AWOL and on the run from the Army MP's. When one of them falls in love with the youngest daughter of a philandering colonel, lunacy really erupts. If they're not careful, the Boys may find themselves HALF SHOT AT SUNRISE.

This was Wheeler & Woolsey's fourth film teaming, but actually the first in which they are the solo stars. (Bert Wheeler is the short, curly-haired one; Robert Woolsey is the skinny one with the glasses.) They are always fun to watch and know how to give a gag its full worth. Dorothy Lee, their frequent co-star, is still kewpie doll cute. The inimitable Edna May Oliver, generally so excellent, is given little more to do here than give an occasional disapproving sniff.

The Boys were unusually fortunate in having good musical numbers in their films - their songs & dances are always a highlight. This movie is no exception. Besides the Wheeler & Lee duet (`Whistling the Blues Away'), Woolsey gets to spoof Nijinsky (`Nothing But Love'), while dancing in his underwear. A bit bizarre, but effective.


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