On With the Show (1929)

Comedy-drama, Musical | 13 July 1929

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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 and 20 Apr 1929 editions of Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for what began as Broadway or Bust was 1 Mar 1929.
       The printed edition of the AFI Catalog of Feature Films (1921-1930) erroneously listed dancer Angelus Babe as "Herself." Angelus Babe is the black male dancer who performs with Ethel Waters in the "Birmingham Bertha" ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 and 20 Apr 1929 editions of Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for what began as Broadway or Bust was 1 Mar 1929.
       The printed edition of the AFI Catalog of Feature Films (1921-1930) erroneously listed dancer Angelus Babe as "Herself." Angelus Babe is the black male dancer who performs with Ethel Waters in the "Birmingham Bertha" number. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
9 Mar 1929
p. 41.
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
2 Jun 1929
p. 9.
New York Times
29 May 1929
p. 28.
Variety
5 Jun 1929
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Ensemble dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play On With the Show by Humphrey Pearson (production undetermined).
SONGS
"On With the Show," "Birmingham Bertha," "Let Me Have My Dreams," "Am I Blue?" "Welcome Home," "In the Land of Let's Pretend," "Don't It Mean a Thing to You?" and "Lift the Juleps to Your Two Lips," words by Grant Clarke, music by Harry Akst.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Broadway or Bust
Release Date:
13 July 1929
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 28 May 1929
Production Date:
began 1 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 June 1929
Copyright Number:
LP479
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Color
Technicolor
Length(in feet):
9,592
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jerry, the manager of a Broadway musical revue trying out in Milbank, New Jersey, is plagued by staggering expenses and the complaints of unpaid workers: Harold, the juvenile, insists that his mother needs money; Bert complains that he hasn't had a square meal in a week; and Nita, the star, becomes temperamental over a matter of $400 back salary. As Willie Durant, the show's backer, has ceased to be a guarantor of capital, Jerry is only able to carry on with the help of Dad, the elderly stage doorman, who gives him his life savings. After the show opens, Sam Bloom threatens to have his men remove the scenery unless he is paid in five minutes, but he is distracted by Sarah, the soubrette of the revue. During the second act, the backstage is roused by the news that the box office has been robbed. Kitty, who is loved by Jimmy, succeeds in bringing Durant to terms, but her effort causes a break with her sweetheart. Meanwhile, when Nita refuses to go onstage without her money, Kitty goes on in her place and greatly pleases the audience, assuring the play a successful run. It is later discovered that Dad has taken the receipts, and when the financial problems are cleared to the satisfaction of all, Kitty finds that she still has a future with ... +


Jerry, the manager of a Broadway musical revue trying out in Milbank, New Jersey, is plagued by staggering expenses and the complaints of unpaid workers: Harold, the juvenile, insists that his mother needs money; Bert complains that he hasn't had a square meal in a week; and Nita, the star, becomes temperamental over a matter of $400 back salary. As Willie Durant, the show's backer, has ceased to be a guarantor of capital, Jerry is only able to carry on with the help of Dad, the elderly stage doorman, who gives him his life savings. After the show opens, Sam Bloom threatens to have his men remove the scenery unless he is paid in five minutes, but he is distracted by Sarah, the soubrette of the revue. During the second act, the backstage is roused by the news that the box office has been robbed. Kitty, who is loved by Jimmy, succeeds in bringing Durant to terms, but her effort causes a break with her sweetheart. Meanwhile, when Nita refuses to go onstage without her money, Kitty goes on in her place and greatly pleases the audience, assuring the play a successful run. It is later discovered that Dad has taken the receipts, and when the financial problems are cleared to the satisfaction of all, Kitty finds that she still has a future with Jimmy. +

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

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