Fox Movietone Follies of 1929

Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, also known as Movietone Follies of 1929 and The William Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, is a black-and-white and color American musical film released by Fox Film Corporation.

Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Butler and Marcel Silver
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byDavid Butler
William K. Wells
StarringSue Carol
Sharon Lynn
Dixie Lee
Lola Lane
Music byArthur Kay
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byRalph Dietrich
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
May 26, 1929 (1929-05-26)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


George Shelby, a boy from the Southern United States, comes to the city to dissuade Lila, his sweetheart, from embarking on a stage career and finally buys out the controlling interest in the revue so that he can fire her. On the opening night, however, she goes onstage when the prima donna of the show becomes temperamental, and she proves to be a big hit. At this development, George is able to sell the show back to the producer, who had previously lacked confidence in his investment and planned to take advantage of the youth's inexperience.



All songs were written by Con Conrad, Archie Gottler and Sidney D. Mitchell.

  • "Walking With Susie"
  • "Why Can't I Be Like You?"
  • "Legs"
  • "Breakaway"
  • "That's You Baby"
  • "Look What You've Done To Me"
  • "Big City Blues"
  • "Pearl of Old Japan"


Filming locations for Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 included Havana, New York City, and Palm Beach, Florida.

Preservation status

The film had Multicolor sequences in its original release, as well as being filmed in the experimental Grandeur wide-screen process. It is now considered a lost film,[1] as all film prints known to exist were destroyed in fires at the Fox storage facility in New Jersey in 1937. The sequel, New Movietone Follies of 1930, also has Multicolor sequences and exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[1]

Some audio elements of the 1929 film still survive, however. Specifically, "Movietone Sound-on-Disc" audio for reels 6 and 7 still survive, offering the only record of dialogue and music taken directly from the movie.[2]

In addition, several songs from the film were recorded for record release.

See also


  1. Bradley, Edwin M. (2004). The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932. McFarland. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-7864-2029-4.
  2. Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (Movietone Sound On Disc Reel 6 & 7),, Aug. 19, 2016; accessed Aug. 19, 2019

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