Follow the Leader (1930)

76 mins | Musical comedy | 13 December 1930

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Manhattan Mary. Only one song, "Satan's Holiday," sung by Ethel Merman, was retained from the Broadway play. ^Follow the Leader was the first sound and dialogue film of Ed Wynn (1886--1966), a comedian known as "The Perfect Fool." Wynn had starred in the Broadway production of Manhattan Mary, which was one of his most successful roles. ...

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The film's working title was Manhattan Mary. Only one song, "Satan's Holiday," sung by Ethel Merman, was retained from the Broadway play. ^Follow the Leader was the first sound and dialogue film of Ed Wynn (1886--1966), a comedian known as "The Perfect Fool." Wynn had starred in the Broadway production of Manhattan Mary, which was one of his most successful roles.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
31 Dec 1930
p. 11
Film Daily
12 Oct 1930
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Los Angeles Times
24 Aug 1930
p. B16
Los Angeles Times
19 Dec 1930
p. A9
New York Times
7 Sep 1930
p. X3
New York Times
6 Dec 1930
p. 21
Variety
10 Dec 1930
p. 26
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the musical Manhattan Mary , book by William K. Wells and George White, music and lyrics by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson (New York, 26 Sep 1927).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
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SONGS
"Broadway, the Heart of the World," words by Lew Brown and B. G. DeSylva, music by Ray Henderson; "Brother Just Laugh It Off," words by E. Y. Harburg, music by Arthur Schwartz; "Satan's Holiday," words and music by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain, Pierre Norman and Al Segal.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Manhattan Mary
Release Date:
13 December 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 Dec 1930
Production Date:
began mid Aug 1930 at Paramount Studios, New York
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount-Publix Corp.
12 December 1930
LP1809
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,851
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Crickets, a timorous former acrobat and comedian, works as waiter in Ma Brennan's restaurant, where Mary, the owner's stage-struck daughter, is in love with Jimmy Moore, a saxophonist. Sam Platz, a theatrical press agent, recognizes Crickets as an old acquaintance and promises to promote Mary's career. At the same time, Two-Gun Terry, a neighborhood gangster, kills the leader of the Hudson Dusters, a rival gang, and the leaderless gang takes refuge in the restaurant, followed by Terry; terrified, Crickets tries to serve him and accidentally knocks him unconscious; hailed as a hero, he is elected to head the Dusters and is assigned to force a manager to give Mary a chance on the stage. He succeeds in getting her the job of understudy in George White's Scandals by locking the star in her apartment. Mary sings the role and is hailed by the critics though rebuffed by Jimmy; but Crickets effects their reconciliation after she has risen to stardom, giving them his patented mosquito exterminator for a wedding ...

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Crickets, a timorous former acrobat and comedian, works as waiter in Ma Brennan's restaurant, where Mary, the owner's stage-struck daughter, is in love with Jimmy Moore, a saxophonist. Sam Platz, a theatrical press agent, recognizes Crickets as an old acquaintance and promises to promote Mary's career. At the same time, Two-Gun Terry, a neighborhood gangster, kills the leader of the Hudson Dusters, a rival gang, and the leaderless gang takes refuge in the restaurant, followed by Terry; terrified, Crickets tries to serve him and accidentally knocks him unconscious; hailed as a hero, he is elected to head the Dusters and is assigned to force a manager to give Mary a chance on the stage. He succeeds in getting her the job of understudy in George White's Scandals by locking the star in her apartment. Mary sings the role and is hailed by the critics though rebuffed by Jimmy; but Crickets effects their reconciliation after she has risen to stardom, giving them his patented mosquito exterminator for a wedding present.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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