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Sunnyside Up (1929)

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (story and dialogue) (as DeSylva), Lew Brown (story and dialogue) (as Brown) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Molly Carr
Charles Farrell ... Jack Cromwell
Marjorie White ... Bea Nichols
El Brendel ... Eric Swenson
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Cromwell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Lake the Butler
Sharon Lynn ... Jane Worth
Frank Richardson ... Eddie Rafferty
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... Joe Vitto
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Storyline

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The screen's first original all talking, singing, dancing musical comedy. (Posters). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1930 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunny Side Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Multicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film to feature Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell that was recorded in sound. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h) We see a piece of paper that reads "Wednesday, July 10th 1929", then a few minutes later we see an invitation to an affair that reads "Monday, July 12th 1929". Actually, the 10th did fall on Wednesday that year, but the 12th fell on the following Friday. See more »

Quotes

Molly Carr: Hey, Eric, how old is this beer?
Eric Swenson: As old as it's gonna get.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S GREAT TO BE NECKED
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung by Marjorie White
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one of the best early musicals...
15 November 1999 | by sws-3See all my reviews

This is a unique film in the history of musicals. Neither of the leads can sing; most of the dancing, whether by the stars or chorus girls, is rudimentary at best; the story is a familiar litany of 1920's stage cliches, and was dated almost immediately. Yet, it is utterly charming and effective. Part of this has to do with the appealing cast (particularly Janet Gaynor), but most of the credit goes to songwriter/producers DeSylva Brown & Henderson, and director David Butler. The music is integrated into the story in a dramatically sophisticated and cinematically daring way. The production number "Turn On the Heat" is, conceptually, a model for what Busby Berkeley would do in the 1930's.

If your only exposure to early musicals is that award-winning dud "The Broadway Melody", check out "Sunny Side Up" (or, for that matter, "The Love Parade"). You'll be pleasantly surprised.


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