Close Harmony (1929 film)

Close Harmony (1929) is an American Pre-Code comedy-drama musical film released by Paramount Pictures.

Close Harmony
Theatrical Poster
Directed byJohn Cromwell
A. Edward Sutherland
Written byStory:
Elsie Janis
Gene Markey
Percy Heath
John V.A. Weaver
StarringCharles 'Buddy' Rogers
Nancy Carroll
Harry Green
Jack Oakie
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
Music byJohn Leipold
Richard A. Whiting
Leo Robin
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byTay Malarkey
Distributed byParamount Pictures (1929-1958)
Universal Studios
Release date
  • April 13, 1929 (1929-04-13)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


A musically talented young woman named Marjorie who is part of a stage show, meets a warehouse clerk named Al West who has put together an unusual jazz band. She becomes interested in him and his work and so manages to use her influence to get him into the program for one of the shows at her theatre company.

The manager, Max Mindel has a dislike towards Marjorie so after discovering her affection towards Al, he gives the band notice and hires harmony singers Barney and Bey as a replacement. Marjorie makes up to both men and soon breaks up the duo, getting rid of the competition. Al learns of her scheme, and makes her confess to the singers of her deeds. Barney and Bey make up, and Max gives Al and his band one more chance. Al is a sensation, and Max offers him a contract for $1,000 a week.



  • "She's So, I Dunno"
Words by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
  • "I Wanna Go Places and Do Things"
Words by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp.
  • "I'm All A-Twitter And All A-Twirl"
Words by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp.
  • "12th Street Rag"
by Euday L. Bowman
Copyright 1919 by J.W. Jenkins Sons Music Co.
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