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Marilyn Miller starred in the Broadway production of the play. RKO produced another adaptation of the musical in 1941. Also entitled Sunny, that film was directed by Herbert Wilcox and starred Anna Neagle and Ray Bolger (see ... More Less

Marilyn Miller starred in the Broadway production of the play. RKO produced another adaptation of the musical in 1941. Also entitled Sunny, that film was directed by Herbert Wilcox and starred Anna Neagle and Ray Bolger (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald World
11 Oct 1930
p. 38.
Film Daily
28 Dec 1930
p. 10.
Life
16 Jan 1931
p. 20.
New York Times
27 Dec 1930
p. 16.
Time
5 Jan 1931
p. 25.
Variety
31 Dec 1930
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dir, ballet scenes
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Sunny , book and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Jerome Kern (New York, 22 Sep 1925).
SONGS
"Sunny," "Who?" "D'Ya Love Me?" "Two Little Bluebirds" and "I Was Alone," words by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Jerome Kern.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 November 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1803
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
7,256
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sunny, a circus performer pledged by her father to marry an Englishman (Wendell-Wendell) she does not love, becomes a stowaway on an ocean liner to America, along with her father, Peters. Sunny is obliged to act as dancer and entertainer to pay her passage, while her father is put to swabbing decks. Aboard is Tom Warren, the man she loves; but he is engaged to Marcia Manners. In order to be near him and to enter the United States without a passport, she marries his best friend, Jim Deming, in name only, planning to divorce him soon after landing. Meanwhile Jim establishes a popular gymnasium resort but is put in a difficult position when his former fiancée, Weenie, and Wendell-Wendell arrive from England. When Marcia hears Sunny tell Tom that she knows he loves her, Marcia declares that their engagement will be announced at the hunt ball that very night. At the ball, Sunny announces her plans to return to England, but Tom proposes just as she is about to ... +


Sunny, a circus performer pledged by her father to marry an Englishman (Wendell-Wendell) she does not love, becomes a stowaway on an ocean liner to America, along with her father, Peters. Sunny is obliged to act as dancer and entertainer to pay her passage, while her father is put to swabbing decks. Aboard is Tom Warren, the man she loves; but he is engaged to Marcia Manners. In order to be near him and to enter the United States without a passport, she marries his best friend, Jim Deming, in name only, planning to divorce him soon after landing. Meanwhile Jim establishes a popular gymnasium resort but is put in a difficult position when his former fiancée, Weenie, and Wendell-Wendell arrive from England. When Marcia hears Sunny tell Tom that she knows he loves her, Marcia declares that their engagement will be announced at the hunt ball that very night. At the ball, Sunny announces her plans to return to England, but Tom proposes just as she is about to leave. +

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

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