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This film has no plot. It is simply a variety show put on by the MGM stars of 1929. You'll see many that you recognize, such as emcee Jack Benny, and some that you've probably never heard of unless you're a fan of 20's and early 30's films, such as Charles King and Karl Dane. Many interesting things go on such as Ann Dvorak slapping Jack Benny, William Haines eating Jack Benny's suit, Laurel and Hardy in a magic act, Joan Crawford being introduced for a dance number as the "personification of youth and beauty and joy and happiness", and Buster Keaton dressed in drag and doing an exotic dance. However, the middle section sags dreadfully and gives us some hint of what killed vaudeville with an adagio troupe act that seems to go on forever. Lon Chaney has a number dedicated to him, but he does not appear. Cliff Edwards and the Brox Sisters perform "Singin in the Rain" and then the whole cast assembles at the end of the film to reprise the song with Noah's Ark behind them - a probable dig at Jack Warner by Louis B. for the Warner film by the same name. The camera pans over each star slowly, emphasizing what is important to this studio at this time - its star power.
I've rated this film 5/5, but you must remember that I find this film impossible to rate in a general sense.Read more ›
There are a few shining spots amongst the chaff.Cliff Edwards(Ukelele Ike)does what he does best and was sensationally talented,Joan Crawford could really sing,Marie Dressler shines in her turns(looking much healthier than she would just three short years later),Laurel and Hardy are on tap for a really funny magical act,where Stan gives Ollie the spotlight,Buster Keaton does an underwater dance for Poseidon and does a head fall and recovery that has to be seen to be believed,Jack Benny and Conrad Nagel are both good hosts,and John Gilbert and Norma Shearer are on hand in a technicolour sequence of Romeo and Juliet(disproving for all time the canard that Gilbert's voice was unsuitable for sound).In between all this are the singing and dancing numbers ad nauseum.The worst performer by far was Marion Davies who couldn't sing if her life depended on it,and her dancing was not much better.But it was hubby Hearst who was funding this picture so of course she was in no matter what.This film was shot at night to avoid scheduling problems.
The problem with this particular release,unfortunately,has to do with two things A) The aspect ratio.Read more ›
This Version has a lenght of 116 min and its very entertaining. It's not a movie with a story. Its a revue show with 25 stars from silent movie era like: William Haines, Marie Dressler (her "I'm the Queen" its very entertaining), Ukelele Ike, Jack Benny (his first on screen appearance), Anita Page, Joan Crawford, and any more, including a chorus girl named Carla Laemmle (who had the first speaking words in a fantasy/horror movie: "Dracula" in 1931 and who's still living and making at age of 101 a new movie "The Extra"), Buster Keaton, Polly Moran
- The Palace of Minstrel sung and danced by a minstrel chorus
- Masters of Ceremonies Jack Benny introduces Conrad Nagel. Cliff Edwards interferes.
- Got a Feeling for You sung by Joan Crawford
- "Old Folks at Home" sung by chorus
- Old Black Joe sung by chorus
- Low-Down Rhythm sung and danced by June Purcell
- Your Mother and Mine sung by Charles King
- You Were Meant for Me "sung" by Conrad Nagel (whose voice was dubbed by Charles King) to Anita Page
- Nobody but You sung by Cliff Edwards
- Your Mother and Mine played by Jack Benny on his violin with interjections from Karl Dane and George K.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film is a rare and fascinating treasure for fans of film and of early Hollywood. Its slightly odd, thrown-together, variety-show format might be a bit hard for others to sit... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Hite
Considering the age of the original, the DVD quality is really good. For the most part the images are clear. The sound is also very good considering it was recorded in 1929. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Smith
Warner Archive comes through again. Not a pristine print, but very decent. More a historical document than entertainment, but it has it's moments, mostly courtesy of Buster Keaton.Published 20 months ago by Alfred J. Lewis
This is a holy grail of musicales it is one of the first all singing all dancing movies ever made. Don't miss out to see a real piece of Hollywood history. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by jim wyland
I was not expecting the quality of a film from 1029 to be as clear visually to be this good. It exceeded my expectations. I am happy to have it in my library,Published on February 17, 2014 by Roderick Clark
Jack Benny hosts review with MGM stars in their first "Talkie. This film introduced hit song, "Singing in the Rain."Published on October 20, 2013 by david a. banks
This is a fun movie, you can see Joan Crawford doing 'The Charleston' and singing her heart out in her First Talking Picture, in another part of the movie you'll get Many... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Buddy Massey
This just happens to be a favorite DVD of mine - since seeing it on TCM - I am so grateful that it is now on DVD. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Bonnie
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