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Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)

A vaudeville and nightclub performer becomes successful and forgets who his friends really are.

Director:

Edward Sloman (as Edward H. Sloman)

Writers:

Billy K. Wells (dialogue) (as William K. Wells), James Gleason (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Richman ... Harry Raymond
Joan Bennett ... Dolores Fenton
James Gleason ... James Tierney
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Teddy Van Rennsler
Lilyan Tashman ... Goldie Devere
Purnell Pratt ... George Barnes
Richard Tucker ... Fenway Brooks
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Bob Wagner
George Irving ... Dr. Blair
Sidney Franklin Sidney Franklin ... Schmidt
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Storyline

Crooner Harry Raymond and best friend James Tierney are working for a musical promoter when they meet Dolores Fenton who is trying to make ends meet by selling one of her songs. Raymond collaborates with Miss Fenton on her music but gets fired overzealoulsy selling it to his boss. Raymond and Tierney, along with their girlfriends, work in vaudeville until they are separated by a Broadway offer for Raymond and girlfriend Dolores. Success comes to the crooning Raymond in New York. He starts hobnobbing with high society, drinking heavily, and forgetting his old friends. It's a formula for a big fall. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Genres:

Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bancando o Lord See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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Referenced in The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Singing a Vagabond Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Harry Richman, Sam Messenheimer and Val Burton
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Fantastic Effort, Bizarre Results
3 June 2001 | by glockenspielSee all my reviews

Since _Movie Mirror_ did a fine job of outlining the movie, I won't go into the plot too much. But there are some odd bits I'd like to comment on:

Everything seems to happen quickly in this movie, with the characters' lives changing every few scenes. Harry and Dolores get engaged to each other almost immediately. Harry instantly becomes a star, and wastes no time in starting up his own restaurant/club. Then, before you know it, he goes blind from some bad whisky. Ahh, to be amongst the beautiful people...

The stage sets in the bigger production numbers are beautiful, especially during the title song, where the backdrop of bobbing buildings is quite surreal. Just imagine what it would have been like, to be in the audience at that moment.

Overall, it's fairly easy to tell that this is an early talkie movie. The actress playing Dolores occasionally looks like she's acting in silent pictures. The shallow plot is strung out by a bad case of "excessive musical number-itis". And Harry's voice becomes increasingly difficult to tolerate/take seriously. But it's a good time, and an interesting point in the history of cinema.


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