Follow Thru is a 1930 American pre-Code musical romantic comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was the second all-color all-talking feature to be produced by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on the popular 1929 Broadway play of the same name by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Laurence Schwab. The play ran from January 9, 1929 to December 21, 1929; running for 401 performances. Jack Haley and Zelma O'Neal, who starred in the original musical play, reprised their roles for the film version.
Zelma O'Neal sings "I Want to Be Bad"
|Directed by||Laurence Schwab|
|Produced by||Laurence Schwab|
|Screenplay by||Laurence Schwab|
|Based on||Follow Thru|
(1929 Broadway musical)
by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Laurence Schwab
|Starring||Charles 'Buddy' Rogers|
|Music by||Lew Brown|
Buddy G. DeSylva
George Marion Jr.
Richard A. Whiting
|Cinematography||Henry W. Gerrard |
Charles P. Boyle
|Edited by||Alyson Shaffer|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The film is one of dozens of musicals made in 1929 and 1930 following the advent of sound, and one of several to feature color cinematography. However, many of these films have been lost or destroyed by the original studios. The "original camera negative" of Follow Thru survives in its entirety and in excellent condition. It has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
- Charles "Buddy" Rogers as Jerry Downes
- Nancy Carroll as Lora Moore
- Zelma O'Neal as Angie Howard
- Jack Haley as Jack Martin
- Eugene Pallette as J.C. Effingham
- Thelma Todd as Mrs Van Horn
- Claude King as Mac Moore
- Kathryn Givney as Mrs Bascomb
- Margaret Lee as Babs Bascomb
- Don Tomkins as Dinty Moore
- Albert Gran as Martin Bascomb
The film was shot in Los Angeles. The extras who appear in golf course scenes had to be coached with regards to golf etiquette (when to applaud a strike, etc.). About two hundred extras were used for the climactic golf championship sequence.
For a long time, the film was believed to be lost, but a print was found in the 1990s and it was carefully restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
- Ben Sachs (July 1, 2015). "Northwest Chicago Film Society salutes the dawn of Technicolor with a racy musical about golf". Chicago Reader. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Follow Thru on Our New Season". Northwest Chicago Film Society. June 11, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Feature Films Preserved by UCLA". UCLA Film and Television Archive. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Charles Rogers At State, Follow Thru". Reading Eagle. October 19, 1930. p. 16.