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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

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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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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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Budget:

$529,000 (estimated)
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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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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 »

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Annette Marshall: Are you married?
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WHISTLING THE BLUES AWAY
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Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
Performed by Bert Wheeler & Dorothy Lee
Later danced at Pierre's café by Original John Tiller Girls
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Shoot them whenever you want
15 August 2009 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Tommy (Bert Wheeler) and Gilbert (Robert Woolsey) have gone AWOL from the army in Paris and are running around chasing girls. Col. Marshall (George MacFarlane) wants them arrested. However, his daughter Annette (Dorothy Lee) bumps into Tommy and they fall in love. Olga (Leni Stengel) meets with Gilbert and they also fall in love. Annette has a plan that will make heroes out of Tommy and Gilbert..............

Wheeler and Woolsey (the one with the glasses) act out various set-piece scenes, most of which are crammed with obvious one-liners and aren't very funny. Dorothy Lee is good in her scenes even if a little wooden at times - but she is not bad as the actors who play the military police. They are terrible! Mrs Marshall (Edna May Oliver) is the best of the cast.

There are 3 good bits in the film - the first dance with Wheeler and Lee (she is very good to watch); the 2nd dance with Wheeler, Wooster and Lee (watch her final landing and subsequent explanation as she jumps off a truck); and there is a funny moment at the restaurant where Tommy, disguised as a waiter, serves the food to the Colonel and his wife. That's your lot for entertainment - it's not a catastrophe but the film mostly drags.


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