On with the Show

On with the Show

Director: Alan Crosland Cast: Betty Compson, Louise Fazenda, Sally O'Neil

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On with the Show

This early talkie antique is a backstage musical from Warner Bros. The plot involves the out-of-town tryout of a new musical comedy, and the people who perform therein: a bitchy leading lady (Betty Compson), an arrogant comedy lead (Joe E. Brown), and a starstruck chorus kid (Sally O'Neil). At the very last moment, the leading lady refuses to go on, forcing the producer to put the chorus girl in her place. It turns out that the star's seemingly rotten behavior was deliberately designed to give the chorine her big break. In between several Technicolor musical numbers (now only existing in black-and-white), we hear a lot of pedantic talk about "the show business." On with the Show's sole virtue is the exquisite Ethel Waters, who introduces her hit song "Am I Blue?"

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2009
UPC: 0883316224823
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 12,296

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Compson Nita French
Louise Fazenda Sarah
Sally O'Neil Kitty
Joe E. Brown Ike Beaton
Purnell Pratt Sam Bloom
William Bakewell Jimmy
Wheeler Oakman Bob Wallace
Lee Moran Pete
Harry Gribbon Joe
Arthur Lake Harold Astor
Henry Fink Father
Otto Hoffman Bert
Ethel Waters Herself
Sam Hardy Jerry
Thomas Jefferson Dad

Technical Credits
Alan Crosland Director
Harry Akst Score Composer
Larry Ceballos Choreography
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Jack Killifer Editor
Robert Lord Screenwriter
Humphrey Pearson Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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