Applause

Overview

Stage director Rouben Mamoulian jolted the (at the time) moribund sound-film industry with innovative sound experiments and revolutionary camera techniques with his electrifying feature-film debut Applause. In this backstage musical tragedy, Kitty Darling (Helen Morgan), a big-time burlesque star, sends her young daughter to a convent to get her away from the sleazy burlesque environment. Years later, Kitty has hit the skids, her best days behind her. Now an alcoholic living in the past, she has taken up with a ...
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Overview

Stage director Rouben Mamoulian jolted the (at the time) moribund sound-film industry with innovative sound experiments and revolutionary camera techniques with his electrifying feature-film debut Applause. In this backstage musical tragedy, Kitty Darling (Helen Morgan), a big-time burlesque star, sends her young daughter to a convent to get her away from the sleazy burlesque environment. Years later, Kitty has hit the skids, her best days behind her. Now an alcoholic living in the past, she has taken up with a low-life burlesque comic by the name of Hitch (Fuller Mellish Jr.). But then her now-grown daughter, April (Joan Peers) returns. Kitty, embarrassed by her condition, marries Hitch so that April won't be ashamed of her. Nevertheless, when April arrives, she is disgusted with her mother and her decrepit life. Shocked and lonely, April roams the city streets and meets an equally lonely young man --Tony (Henry Wadsworth). They fall in love and agree to marry. When April goes to tell her mother about their final plans for the wedding, she overhears Hitch belittling Kitty, calling her a has-been. Infuriated, April calls off the wedding, joining the chorus line of a burlesque show, and Kitty, thinking that April is going to be married, is deeply despaired.
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Special Features

Excerpt from the paramount musical glorifying the American Girl (1929), featuring Helen Morgan; Newsreel excerpt of Helen Morgan singing "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man"; Filmed interview with Rouben Mamoulian; Gallery of rare photographs; Gallery of promotional materials; Booklet essay by Miles Kreuger, president of the institute of the American Musical; Biographical and background essays by Helen Morgan biographer Christopher Connelly; "The Camera's the Thing," a 1929 text interview with director Rouben Mamoulian; Excerpt of Beth Brown's original novel; Excerpts from the 1929 censorship files
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • UPC: 738329032326
  • Original Release: 1929
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,162

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Morgan Kitty Darling
Joan Peers April Darling
Fuller Mellish Hitch Nelson
Jack Cameron Joe King
Henry Wadsworth Tony
Dorothy Cumming Mother Superior
Jack Singer Producer
Paul Barrett Slim Lamont
Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
John Bassler Editor
Monta Bell Producer
George Folsey Cinematographer
Garrett Elsden Fort Screenwriter
Jesse Lasky Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [6:58]
2. Blessed Event [1:46]
3. For a April's Sake [3:46]
4. "Bad Boy Hitch" [5:49]
5. Leaving Convent [5:25]
6. Kitty's New Act [5:44]
7. Open Up Your Eyes [11:29]
8. The Pick-Up [11:43]
9. Sight-Seeing [3:58]
10. Kitty's Dilemma [8:14]
11. The Long Goodbye [9:12]
12. Curtains & Applause [4:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Film Clips
         Excerpt From "Glorifying the Americal Girl"
            Play Clip
         Helen Morgan Newsreel Footage
            Play Clip
         Rouben Mamoulian Addresses the DGA
            Play Clip
      Images
         Gallery of Rare Photographs
         Gallery of Promotional Materials
      Text
         Essays By Christopher Connelly
            Applause: For and With Miss Helen Morgan
            Helen Morgan: The Girl on the Piano
            A Helen Morgan Filmography
         1929 Interview With Mamoulian
         Excerpts From the Censorship Files
         Excerpt of Beth Brown's Novel
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