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According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Little Pal (the working title of Say It With Songs) was 4 Mar ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Little Pal (the working title of Say It With Songs) was 4 Mar 1929. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
11 Aug 1929.
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New York Times
7 Aug 1929
p. 23.
Variety
14 Aug 1929
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Little Pal," "I'm in Seventh Heaven," "Why Can't You?" and "Used to You," words and music by Al Jolson, Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson
"Back in Your Own Back Yard" and "I'm Ka-razy for You," words and music by Al Jolson, Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer
"Mem'ries of One Sweet Kiss," words and music by Al Jolson and Dave Dreyer.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Little Pal
Release Date:
24 August 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 August 1929
Production Date:
began 4 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 August 1929
Copyright Number:
LP568
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 19 Oct 1929; 5,699 ft.
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in feet):
8,324
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Joe Lane, radio entertainer and songwriter, learns that studio manager Arthur Phillips has made improper advances to his wife, Katherine. Infuriated, Lane engages him in a fight, and the encounter results in Phillips's accidental death. Joe goes to prison for a few years, and when he is released he visits his son, Little Pal, at school and is begged by him to run away together. Because Joe earns little money, Little Pal helps by selling papers but is soon struck by a truck, causing the paralysis of his legs and loss of his voice. Joe takes his boy to a specialist named Dr. Merrill, presently married to Joe's former wife, whom Joe divorced while in prison in order to save her good name. After obtaining Joe's promise that he will return Little Pal to his mother, Merrill operates and restores the use of his legs. His voice is regained later when the boy awakens to one of his father's recordings. Keeping his promise, Joe goes on his way with only his melancholy whistling to comfort ... +


Joe Lane, radio entertainer and songwriter, learns that studio manager Arthur Phillips has made improper advances to his wife, Katherine. Infuriated, Lane engages him in a fight, and the encounter results in Phillips's accidental death. Joe goes to prison for a few years, and when he is released he visits his son, Little Pal, at school and is begged by him to run away together. Because Joe earns little money, Little Pal helps by selling papers but is soon struck by a truck, causing the paralysis of his legs and loss of his voice. Joe takes his boy to a specialist named Dr. Merrill, presently married to Joe's former wife, whom Joe divorced while in prison in order to save her good name. After obtaining Joe's promise that he will return Little Pal to his mother, Merrill operates and restores the use of his legs. His voice is regained later when the boy awakens to one of his father's recordings. Keeping his promise, Joe goes on his way with only his melancholy whistling to comfort him. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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