Mammy (1930)

83 mins | Musical | 26 March 1930

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HISTORY

The play by James Gleason and Irving Berlin, which was the basis of the film Mammy, was never produced. ...

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The play by James Gleason and Irving Berlin, which was the basis of the film Mammy, was never produced.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
5 Apr 1930
p. 37
Film Daily
30 Mar 1930
p. 8
Life
28 Apr 1930
p. 18
New York Times
27 Mar 1930
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New Yorker
5 Apr 1930
p. 91
Variety
2 Apr 1930
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Mr. Bones, a Musical Comedy of Minstrel Days in Two Acts by Irving Berlin, James Gleason (ca. 1928).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
SONGS
"To My Mammy," "Across the Breakfast Table Looking at You," "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" and "Knights of the Road," words and music by Irving Berlin.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 26 Mar 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
1 April 1930
LP1192
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,750
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Al Fuller joins up with a group of hoboes--Slats, Flat Feet, and Pig Eyes--entertaining them with his songs and good humor. As they go to sleep around an open fire, he recalls the circumstances that led him to his present plight: As the end man in the Meadow Merry Minstrels, he is in love with Nora, the owner's daughter, who has a weakness for Westy, also in the act. The show is constantly in desperate straits, and when Al tries hard to amuse the local sheriff, they are surprised to learn he wants to invest in and join the act. They become prosperous and Al is able to go home to see his mother. Hoping to help Nora, he avows his love for her, provoking Westy's jealousy. Tambo, who has been exposed cheating at cards, causes Westy to be wounded in the act by Al. He is arrested but escapes on a freight bound for home; eventually Tambo confesses to the deed, and Al is thus proven ...

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Al Fuller joins up with a group of hoboes--Slats, Flat Feet, and Pig Eyes--entertaining them with his songs and good humor. As they go to sleep around an open fire, he recalls the circumstances that led him to his present plight: As the end man in the Meadow Merry Minstrels, he is in love with Nora, the owner's daughter, who has a weakness for Westy, also in the act. The show is constantly in desperate straits, and when Al tries hard to amuse the local sheriff, they are surprised to learn he wants to invest in and join the act. They become prosperous and Al is able to go home to see his mother. Hoping to help Nora, he avows his love for her, provoking Westy's jealousy. Tambo, who has been exposed cheating at cards, causes Westy to be wounded in the act by Al. He is arrested but escapes on a freight bound for home; eventually Tambo confesses to the deed, and Al is thus proven innocent.

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

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