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Jazz Heaven (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 3 November 1929 (USA)
A Southern songwriter brings his piano to New York and meets a girl who works on Tin Pan Alley

Director:

Melville W. Brown (as Melville Brown)

Writers:

J. Walter Ruben (screen play), Cyrus Wood (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sally O'Neil ... Ruth Morgan
Johnny Mack Brown ... Barry Holmes (as John Mack Brown)
Clyde Cook ... Max Langley
Joseph Cawthorn ... Herman Kemple (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Albert Conti ... Walter Klucke
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Langley (as Blanche Frederici)
Henry Armetta ... Tony
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Storyline

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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

WHERE TOM-TOMS BEAT, LOVERS MEET, ANGELS CHEAT! Mammoth Jubilee of Jazz, Song, Love and Life! (Print Ad- Sunday Tribune, ((Providence, R. I.)) 24 November 1929) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor e Jazz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

Ruth Morgan: That's a fine way to talk, you big bozo. Where's your nerve?
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Soundtracks

Someone
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Quite original when it debuted....but it appears not so much when seen today.
16 June 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"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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