Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy is a 1929 American musical drama film directed by Norman Taurog and Charles C. Wilson and starring George Jessel.[1] The film was mainly a silent film with synchronized music and sound effects, as well as some talking sequences.[2] The film's plot bore strong similarities to that of the hit 1927 film The Jazz Singer, which had originally been intended to star Jessel before Al Jolson took over the role.[3]

Lucky Boy
Lobby card using the working title The Ghetto
Directed byNorman Taurog
Charles C. Wilson
Screenplay byIsadore Bernstein
George Jessel
Harry Braxton
Based on"Lucky Boy"
by Viola Brothers Shore
StarringGeorge Jessel
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyHarry Jackson
Edited byDesmond O’Brien
Russell Shields
Production
company
Distributed byTiffany-Stahl Productions
Release date
  • February 2, 1929 (1929-02-02)
Running time
10 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Synchronized music, sound effects, and dialogue

Plot

A young Jewish man works in his father's jewelry business, but he does not like it at all—he wants to be an entertainer, something he knows that his father would never approve of. He comes up with a scheme to put on his own show in a theater and show his father that he can be a success, but things do not work out quite as well as he planned.

Cast

Production

The film had the working title The Ghetto.

Preservation

Comnsidered to be lost for many years, Lucky Boy is still in existence with a copy of the film held in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

References

Bibliography

  • Richard Barrios. A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. Oxford University Press, 1995.
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