The Madonna of Avenue A (1929)

71 mins | Melodrama | 22 June 1929

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Aug 1929.
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New York Times
12 Aug 1929
p. 22.
Variety
14 Aug 1929
p. 31.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Scen
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
SONGS
"My Madonna," words by Billy Rose, music by Fred Fisher and Louis Silvers.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 June 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 June 1929
Copyright Number:
LP440
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,249 ft.
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,461
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Maria Morton, who attends a young women's boarding school, leads a carefree and innocent life, unaware that her mother is a hostess in an East Side nightclub. While walking on the beach, she is attracted to Slim Shayne, an adventurer, who persuades her to spend the evening on his boat (actually a rumrunner); and in an encounter with revenue officials, he escapes and Maria is expelled from school. Going to Avenue A in New York, the girl is appalled to discover her mother's secret, and she marries Slim, hoping thus to reform him. Mrs. Morton, unaware that he is her son-in-law, has Slim framed by her underworld friends for a murder; but learning of their marriage and that her daughter is pregnant, she insures herself for $10,000 to pay a lawyer to free Slim, then takes poison. Slim is saved and finds happiness with ... +


Maria Morton, who attends a young women's boarding school, leads a carefree and innocent life, unaware that her mother is a hostess in an East Side nightclub. While walking on the beach, she is attracted to Slim Shayne, an adventurer, who persuades her to spend the evening on his boat (actually a rumrunner); and in an encounter with revenue officials, he escapes and Maria is expelled from school. Going to Avenue A in New York, the girl is appalled to discover her mother's secret, and she marries Slim, hoping thus to reform him. Mrs. Morton, unaware that he is her son-in-law, has Slim framed by her underworld friends for a murder; but learning of their marriage and that her daughter is pregnant, she insures herself for $10,000 to pay a lawyer to free Slim, then takes poison. Slim is saved and finds happiness with Maria. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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