Big Boy (1930)

68 mins | Comedy-drama, Musical | 6 September 1930

Director:

Alan Crosland

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Editor:

Ralph Dawson

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Al Jolson had starred in the original Broadway production of the play. ...

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Al Jolson had starred in the original Broadway production of the play.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
20 Sep 1930
p. 40
Film Daily
14 Sep 1930
p. 12
New York Times
13 Sep 1930
p. 9
Variety
17 Sep 1930
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Scr and dial
Perry Vekroff
Scr and dial
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Big Boy by Harold Atteridge (New York, 7 Jan 1925).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"What Will I Do Without You?" music by Joe Burke, lyrics by Al Subin; "Liza Lee" and "Tomorrow Is Another Day," by Bud Green and Sammy Stept; "Down South," music by William H. Myddleton, lyrics by Sigmund Spaeth; "The Handicap March," by Dave Reed, Jr. and George Rosey.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
6 September 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
5 August 1930
LP1465
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,275
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Hoping to recoup the family fortune, the Bedfords stake their hopes on Big Boy, a horse trained for the Kentucky Derby by the ever-singing Gus, their faithful black jockey. Shortly before the race, Jack and Annabel return from eastern schools, bringing with them Coley Reid, his confidant Doc Wilbur, and Steve Leslie, an English jockey. Reid persuades Jack to urge Mrs. Bedford to entrust the race to Steve, but she declines, saying Gus has served the family for generations and telling them a story (incorporated in the film and providing the opportunity for the singing of Negro spirituals) of how Gus's grandfather saved Annabel's grandmother from kidnappers in 1870. Threatening Jack with a forged check, Reid forces him to have Gus break training rules, and the trainer is dismissed. Joe becomes suspicious and learns that Dolly, Reid's wife, is plotting against Annabel, of whom she is jealous, and that Steve plans to "throw" the race. Gus then appears, outsmarts the crooks, and wins the race. Jolson appears without blackface at the end of the film to sing "Tomorrow Is Another ...

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Hoping to recoup the family fortune, the Bedfords stake their hopes on Big Boy, a horse trained for the Kentucky Derby by the ever-singing Gus, their faithful black jockey. Shortly before the race, Jack and Annabel return from eastern schools, bringing with them Coley Reid, his confidant Doc Wilbur, and Steve Leslie, an English jockey. Reid persuades Jack to urge Mrs. Bedford to entrust the race to Steve, but she declines, saying Gus has served the family for generations and telling them a story (incorporated in the film and providing the opportunity for the singing of Negro spirituals) of how Gus's grandfather saved Annabel's grandmother from kidnappers in 1870. Threatening Jack with a forged check, Reid forces him to have Gus break training rules, and the trainer is dismissed. Joe becomes suspicious and learns that Dolly, Reid's wife, is plotting against Annabel, of whom she is jealous, and that Steve plans to "throw" the race. Gus then appears, outsmarts the crooks, and wins the race. Jolson appears without blackface at the end of the film to sing "Tomorrow Is Another Day."

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