The Singing Fool (1928)

102 mins | Drama, Musical | 29 September 1928

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HISTORY

A silent version of the film was released in Jan ... More Less

A silent version of the film was released in Jan 1929. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Sep 1928
p. 6.
Film Daily
7 Jul 1929
p. 8.
New York Times
20 Sep 1928
p. 33.
Variety
26 Sep 1928
p. 4.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Singing Fool" by Leslie Burrows (publication undetermined).
SONGS
"Sonny Boy" and "It All Depends on You," words and music by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson
"I'm Sittin' on Top of the World," words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, music by Ray Henderson
"Keep Smiling at Trouble," words by Al Jolson and B. G. DeSylva, music by Lewis Gensler
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SONGS
"Sonny Boy" and "It All Depends on You," words and music by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson
"I'm Sittin' on Top of the World," words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, music by Ray Henderson
"Keep Smiling at Trouble," words by Al Jolson and B. G. DeSylva, music by Lewis Gensler
"Golden Gate," words by Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer, music by Al Jolson and Joseph Meyer
"There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder," words and music by Billy Rose, Al Jolson and Dave Dreyer.
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COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
29 September 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 September 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 September 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25677
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone; Western Electric
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also Si
Duration(in mins):
102
Length(in feet):
7,444
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Al Stone, a singing waiter at Blackie Joe's cafe, writes a hit song and becomes a Broadway star, marrying Molly Winton, an ambitious, underhanded soubrette. Molly eventually leaves Al and goes off with John Perry, a racketeer, taking their young son with her. Al becomes a derelict and sometime later returns to Blackie Joe's, where Grace, the loyal cigarette girl, inspires him to make a comeback. Al's son dies in a hospital, and Al, going on stage like a trouper, sings the boy's favorite song. The pain caused by his son's death is dulled with the passage of time, and he goes to California with ... +


Al Stone, a singing waiter at Blackie Joe's cafe, writes a hit song and becomes a Broadway star, marrying Molly Winton, an ambitious, underhanded soubrette. Molly eventually leaves Al and goes off with John Perry, a racketeer, taking their young son with her. Al becomes a derelict and sometime later returns to Blackie Joe's, where Grace, the loyal cigarette girl, inspires him to make a comeback. Al's son dies in a hospital, and Al, going on stage like a trouper, sings the boy's favorite song. The pain caused by his son's death is dulled with the passage of time, and he goes to California with Grace. +

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

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