Honky Tonk (1929)

68 mins | Musical, Drama | 31 August 1929

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HISTORY

Honky Tonk marked the motion picture debut of popular vaudeville and cabaret singer Sophie Tucker (1884--1966). According to reviews, Tucker performed two of her signature tunes within the film, "Some of These Days," and "I'm the Last of the Red-Hot Mammas." ...

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Honky Tonk marked the motion picture debut of popular vaudeville and cabaret singer Sophie Tucker (1884--1966). According to reviews, Tucker performed two of her signature tunes within the film, "Some of These Days," and "I'm the Last of the Red-Hot Mammas."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Jun 1929
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New York Times
5 Jun 1929
p. 32
Variety
12 Jun 1929
p. 29
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
C. Graham Baker
Adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Some of These Days," music and lyrics by Shelton Brooksword "I'm the Last of the Red-Hot Mammas," "I'm Doing What I'm Doing for Love," "He's a Good Man To Have Around," "I'm Feathering a Nest for a Little Bluebird," "I Don't Want To Get Thin," music by Milton Ager, lyrics by Jack Yellen.
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 August 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 4 Jun 1929
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
8 July 1929
LP521
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 21 Sep 1929; 5,284 ft.
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,412
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sophie Leonard, singer of "hot mamma" songs in a New York nightclub, gives notice that she is to retire when her daughter, Beth, returns from a European education. Beth, who is unaware of her mother's true profession, arrives ahead of schedule in a limousine with Jean Gilmore, a school companion and the sister of Freddie Gilmore, and is shocked at her mother's modest accommodation. Sophie is disappointed that Beth is unable to stay for dinner and reprimands her for going to wild parties with Freddie. Sophie confides to Jim that though she hates the cafe life, she will resume her job at the honky tonk. Out of spite Freddie takes Beth to the club, and aghast, she renounces her mother and moves to a hotel. But as the result of Jim's intervention, Freddie is persuaded to ask Sophie's permission to marry Beth, and he convinces Beth of her unfair and cruel treatment of her mother. To Beth's surprise, Sophie realizes Freddie's worth and agrees to their plans, and a year later, Sophie is a ...

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Sophie Leonard, singer of "hot mamma" songs in a New York nightclub, gives notice that she is to retire when her daughter, Beth, returns from a European education. Beth, who is unaware of her mother's true profession, arrives ahead of schedule in a limousine with Jean Gilmore, a school companion and the sister of Freddie Gilmore, and is shocked at her mother's modest accommodation. Sophie is disappointed that Beth is unable to stay for dinner and reprimands her for going to wild parties with Freddie. Sophie confides to Jim that though she hates the cafe life, she will resume her job at the honky tonk. Out of spite Freddie takes Beth to the club, and aghast, she renounces her mother and moves to a hotel. But as the result of Jim's intervention, Freddie is persuaded to ask Sophie's permission to marry Beth, and he convinces Beth of her unfair and cruel treatment of her mother. To Beth's surprise, Sophie realizes Freddie's worth and agrees to their plans, and a year later, Sophie is a grandmother.

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

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