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Barry Holmes (Johnny Mack Brown), a southern songwriter, come to New York City's Tin-Pan Alley and meets and falls in love with radio-singer Ruth Morgan (Sally O'Neill) and they team up to write a song that will make them rich and famous. And with the help of song publishers Hennan Kemple (Joseph Cawthorn) and Walter Klucke (Albert Conti), they succeed.Written by
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Quite original when it debuted....but it appears not so much when seen today.
"Jazz Heaven" is a very early talking picture and is the sort of old fashioned movie that many might dislike today because the plot and characters are so familiar. However, when it debuted in 1929, it was fresh and interesting...and it is very good if you consider this today.
When the film begins, Barry (Johnny Mack Brown) is banging away at his piano trying to write a hit song. But this up and coming song writer is stuck and needs help. Well, his neighbor, Ruth (Sally O'Neil) hears his music and begins singing along...and they both realize that together they can finish the song and Sally can put it across because she has a much better voice. However, it's not as easy as they think as Sally's VERY stereotypical Jewish bosses are more concerned about sexually harassing her than listening to the song. So how, then, do they get the public to hear it and make the pair a success?
This is a cute little romantic musical. While O'Neil's voice is decent for 1929, this style isn't the easiest to listen to today. However, their scenes together are quite nice and they are a likable screen couple and the film breezy entertainment. Not exactly brilliant but fun.
By the way, Brown soon went on to stardom...but as a movie cowboy, not a romantic leading man.
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