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Weary River plays better than I expected!
I have long owned a Victor "Exploitation Record" from 1929 advertising the title song & talking film; "Weary River". It was a promotional item from the early days of radio & sound film. An announcer tells us of Richard Barthelmess' talkie debut & plays excerpts of the title song via sampling the 2 Victor recordings by Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees & Gene Austin. I love it when all things audio-logical come together, & I figured it was done for radio use or perhaps for play in the music shops...I don't know for sure, but it made me want to run out & watch "Weary River", and in my time on this planet, have never came across the film. Only did I happen to come across the Vitaphone/First National sheet music of Weary River (& posted it on my TCM page) in an antique shop & that (along with other commercial recordings of the title song) was all I ever came across.I figured the sound recordings to the film may have been lost or perhaps the film was.I was delighted to see it today, included as a tribute to Betty Compson.As a hybrid silent-to-sound film; it played much better than I expected it to. The transition from silent to sound was actually much smoother than many other offerings from this time, & I think it has to do with the overlapping score that blended together so well. We have incidental background music almost continually throughout & that helps move this early talkie along smoothly whereas most offerings did not have background music & the barren soundtrack noise can hamper an already stilted talkie performance. Let's hear it for, Louis Silvers & The Vitaphone Orchestra folks!True, an awful lot of time is spent singing (lip-syncing) the title song, but it's early radio, it's early Talking-film & it is early pop music. I think technically it's of historic interest. It isn't a musical as much as it's a gangster/prison film.Interesting to note, the scene that has the highest dramatic impact is silent! (The climactic shoot-out in the speakeasy!)
Weary River (1929)
- James Higgins
Director Frank Lloyd was nominated for an Oscar for this part talkie, part silent film. The sure took advantage of the title song, it is sung so many times. Richard bartholmess gives a fine performance, it's a good story as well, Nice production. The switching from talkie to silent and back again can be a bit startling, but it also is fascinating to know the film was made on the cusp of transition of silents to talkies. Also stars Betty Compson and George Stone.
movie based on my great grandfather
- tom summers
I would love to see this movie released on dvd or vhs. This movie was based on the life of my great grandfather Harry M Snodgrass otherwise known as "KING OF THE IVORIES".