Sally (1929)

100 mins | Musical | 12 January 1929

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HISTORY

A silent version of the play, also entitled Sally , was produced by First National in 1925. That film was directed by Alfred E. Green and starred Colleen Moore and Lloyd Hughes (See Entry). Although the 1929 film was shot entirely in the two-strip Technicolor process, the only color portion retained in existing prints is the "Wild Rose" number.
       Sally was the first of three films made between 1929--1931 by theatrical musical-comedy star Marilyn Miller (1898--1936), whose appearance in the Broadway production of the play marked one of her greatest successes. Miller was closely identified with the song "Look for the Silver Lining," which became the title of the highly fictionalized 1949 Warner Bros. film about her life. That film was directed by David Butler and starring June Haver as Miller. For additional information about Miller's life, please consult the entry above for Look for the Silver Lining ... More Less

A silent version of the play, also entitled Sally , was produced by First National in 1925. That film was directed by Alfred E. Green and starred Colleen Moore and Lloyd Hughes (See Entry). Although the 1929 film was shot entirely in the two-strip Technicolor process, the only color portion retained in existing prints is the "Wild Rose" number.
       Sally was the first of three films made between 1929--1931 by theatrical musical-comedy star Marilyn Miller (1898--1936), whose appearance in the Broadway production of the play marked one of her greatest successes. Miller was closely identified with the song "Look for the Silver Lining," which became the title of the highly fictionalized 1949 Warner Bros. film about her life. That film was directed by David Butler and starring June Haver as Miller. For additional information about Miller's life, please consult the entry above for Look for the Silver Lining . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Film Daily
29 Dec 1929
p. 8.
New York Times
24 Dec 1929
p. 14.
Variety
25 Dec 1929
p. 20.
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LITERARY
Based on the musical Sally , book by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse, music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Clifford Grey (New York, 21 Dec 1920).
SONGS
"Sally," words and music by Al Dubin, Joe Burke and Jerome Kern
"Walking off Those Balkan Blues," "After Business Hours," "All I Want To Do, Do, Do Is Dance," "If I'm Dreaming Don't Wake Me Up Too Soon" and "What Will I Do Without You?" words and music by Al Dubin and Joe Burke
"Wild Rose," words by Clifford Grey, music by Jerome Kern
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SONGS
"Sally," words and music by Al Dubin, Joe Burke and Jerome Kern
"Walking off Those Balkan Blues," "After Business Hours," "All I Want To Do, Do, Do Is Dance," "If I'm Dreaming Don't Wake Me Up Too Soon" and "What Will I Do Without You?" words and music by Al Dubin and Joe Burke
"Wild Rose," words by Clifford Grey, music by Jerome Kern
"Look for the Silver Lining," words by B. G. DeSylva, music by Jerome Kern.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
12 January 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 December 1929
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 February 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1084
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Color
Technicolor
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in feet):
9,277
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sally, a cafe hostess and orphan, aspires to become a dancer. She is loved by Blair Farquar, of an aristocratic family, though his father has arranged a match with Marcia Ten Brock. Forced to leave the cafe when she spills food on the suit of Otis Hooper, a booking agent, she gets a job at the Balkan Tavern, run by "Pops" Shendorff, onetime supporter of a former grand duke who now works as a waiter and is known as Connie. Encouraged to dance for the customers, Sally is a sensation, and when Hooper engages her to impersonate a Russian dancer who has eloped, she and Connie are lionized at Mrs. Ten Brock's party. When Sally learns Farquar is engaged to Marcia, however, she leaves the party in despair. Hooper finds her in a tenement and stars her in his follies, and on her opening night, she is reunited with her lover. Their marriage ... +


Sally, a cafe hostess and orphan, aspires to become a dancer. She is loved by Blair Farquar, of an aristocratic family, though his father has arranged a match with Marcia Ten Brock. Forced to leave the cafe when she spills food on the suit of Otis Hooper, a booking agent, she gets a job at the Balkan Tavern, run by "Pops" Shendorff, onetime supporter of a former grand duke who now works as a waiter and is known as Connie. Encouraged to dance for the customers, Sally is a sensation, and when Hooper engages her to impersonate a Russian dancer who has eloped, she and Connie are lionized at Mrs. Ten Brock's party. When Sally learns Farquar is engaged to Marcia, however, she leaves the party in despair. Hooper finds her in a tenement and stars her in his follies, and on her opening night, she is reunited with her lover. Their marriage follows. +

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