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Big Boy (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 11 September 1930 (USA)
Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writers:

Harold Atteridge (based on a musical comedy by), Billy K. Wells (screen play & dialogue by) (as William K. Wells) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Al Jolson ... Gus
Claudia Dell ... Annabel
Louise Closser Hale ... Mother
Lloyd Hughes ... Jack
Eddie Phillips ... Coley Reed
Lew Harvey Lew Harvey ... Doc Wilbur
Franklin Batie Franklin Batie ... Jim
John Harron ... Joe
Tom Wilson ... Tucker
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Steve Leslie
Noah Beery ... Bagby
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Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Chorus of slave hands
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Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Trivia

This was the first of two Jolson Broadway vehicles to be filmed; the other was Wonder Bar (1934). See more »

Soundtracks

Down South
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by William H. Myddleton
Lyrics by Sigmund Spaeth
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30 October 2002 | by billcarpenterSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this film on the big screen (as all great film stars should be seen) almost 20 years ago and it was one of the most thrilling film experiences I have ever had.

Despite the film being politically incorrect in this day & age it is a great testament to all the performers who appeared in the beginnings of the sound revolution.

Al Jolson appeared as Gus the main character (& the role he actually played on broadway many times in different productions)in this play that was literally filmed on the stage.

If anyone with an open mind sits through a showing of the film, I'm sure that they would appreciate the 'rough' basic performances and the contribution they made to film history.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deteto na zatvornika See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Vitaphone

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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