Lucky Boy is a 1929 American musical drama film directed by Norman Taurog and Charles C. Wilson and starring George Jessel. The film was mainly a silent film with synchronized music and sound effects, as well as some talking sequences. 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.
Lobby card using the working title The Ghetto
|Directed by||Norman Taurog|
Charles C. Wilson
|Screenplay by||Isadore Bernstein|
|Based on||"Lucky Boy"|
by Viola Brothers Shore
|Music by||Hugo Riesenfeld|
|Edited by||Desmond O’Brien|
|Distributed by||Tiffany-Stahl Productions|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Synchronized music, sound effects, and dialogue
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.
- George Jessel as Georgie Jessel
- Gwen Lee as Mrs. Ellis
- Richard Tucker as Mr. Ellis
- Gayne Whitman as Mr. Trent
- Margaret Quimby as Eleanor
- Rosa Rosanova as Mamma Jessel
- William H. Strauss as Papa Jessel
- Mary Doran as Becky
- 'Patty and Fields' (amateur night act)
- Joe Sevely as Amateur night act
- Glenda Farrell as Bit Part (uncredited)
- William Gargan as Bit Part (uncredited)
- Sig Ruman as Bit Part (uncredited)
- Charles C. Wilson as Bit Part (uncredited)
The film had the working title The Ghetto.
- "Lucky Boy Sentimental; Hero, Played by George Jessel, Has Rough Road Attaining Stardom. Other Photoplays". The New York Times. February 25, 1929.
- Progressive Silent Film List: Lucky Boy at silentera.com
- Barrios p.145
- Richard Barrios. A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. Oxford University Press, 1995.
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