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Happy Days (1929)

Passed | | Musical | 13 February 1930 (USA)
Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff

Writers:

Sidney Lanfield (story), Edwin J. Burke (story) (as Edwin Burke) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... Colonel Billy Batcher
Marjorie White ... Margie
Richard Keene ... Dick
Stuart Erwin ... Jig
Martha Lee Sparks Martha Lee Sparks ... Nancy Lee
Clifford Dempsey ... Sheriff Benton
James J. Corbett ... Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
George MacFarlane ... Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
Janet Gaynor ... Janet Gaynor
Charles Farrell ... Charles Farrell
Victor McLaglen ... Minstrel Show Performer
El Brendel ... Minstrel Show Performer
William Collier Sr. ... End Man - Minstrel Show
Tom Patricola ... Minstrel Show Performer
George Jessel ... Minstrel Show Performer
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Storyline

Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep financial trouble, and she calls all the boats former stars to join in a big show to rescue it. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Plot Keywords:

riverboat | revue | See All (2) »

Taglines:

every star you can think of in a minstrelsy melody drama (Print ad- St. Lawrence Plaindealer, Canton, NY, 20 May 1930) See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The second film released in 70mm widescreen (The Big Trail (1930) was the first). See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed and released in two versions: standard (35 mm) and widescreen in the Grandeur process (70 mm). For its premiere showing, the widescreen version played at the Roxy Theatre in New York City, and was the first film ever shown entirely in widescreen. No print of the widescreen version is known to exist. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Snake Hips
(uncredited)
Written by Con Conrad, Sidney D. Mitchell and Archie Gottler
Copyright 1929 by DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Inc.
Performed by Sharon Lynn and Ann Pennington
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A must for fans of early 20th century show biz

Fanatics will have to see this. People who just like early show business more or less will find much to enjoy with their finger hovering over the fast forward button.

The black face minstrelsy is probably 100% authentic given how many people involved with it in the 19th century were probably associated with this production. The ad-libbing by the Broadway crowd when the plot is being laid out is kind of dull, but may be an authentic replica of how those guys talked. George Jessel is making it up as he goes along and is not at his wittiest. But you get to see how the guys who seemed to be having all the fun dressed, walked, spoke, emoted, and loved each other.

The familiar now obsolete acts are here: burlesque of "high-class" dancers, heavy-accented "Yiddish" monologist, meek man with much taller over bearing wife, and so on. Come to think of it, this stuff never goes away entirely.

Correction to an earlier reviewer: the sets do make sense because if you listen to the set-up the show is in a theater, not on the show boat (remember, Jessel asks the theater owner if his theater is "dark", meaning is it unoccupied so this fund raiser can be presented in it).

It thankfully ends with the entire company taking a bow, and you silently applaud them up in Show Business Heaven.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dias Felizes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Color:

Black and White (Grandeur)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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