Chasing Rainbows


1h 40m 1930
Chasing Rainbows

Brief Synopsis

Musical performers fall in love while rehearsing for the big show.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Road Show
Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Jan 10, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone)
Color
Black and White, Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
8,100ft (11 reels)

Synopsis

Carlie and Terry constitute a vaudeville team in a traveling musical show; also in the company are Eddie, the stage manager; Bonnie, a comedienne; and Polly, the wardrobe mistress. Terry's habit of constantly falling in love with the leading lady causes him to marry Daphne, a two-timing songstress. When he finds her with another man, Eddie threatens to kill himself, but his little partner reassures him that "Happy Days Are Here Again," and the show goes on.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Road Show
Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Jan 10, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone)
Color
Black and White, Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
8,100ft (11 reels)

Articles

Chasing Rainbows (1930) -


Sync sound made the movie musicals possible, and sound's very early years are filled with enthusiastic experiments about the best way to bring the excitement of Broadway to the silver screen. Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), directed by Charles Reisner, was one of the first, and following its success MGM tapped him again to direct Chasing Rainbows, a backstage musical with more of a plot than Hollywood Revue, but just barely. Eddie Rock (vaudevillian Jack Benny, in his first film role) is manager of a motley group of performers in the show "Goodbye Broadway". Between the roving eye of show star Terry (Charles King) and squabbles between Bonnie (Marie Dressler) and Polly (Polly Moran) it's a wonder the show ever gets off the ground. Like many movies of this era, the original print included now-lost two-strip Technicolor scenes, but what proved even more lasting is the song "Happy Days Are Here Again", which made its debut here and would become Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign song in 1932.

By Violet LeVoit
Chasing Rainbows (1930) -

Chasing Rainbows (1930) -

Sync sound made the movie musicals possible, and sound's very early years are filled with enthusiastic experiments about the best way to bring the excitement of Broadway to the silver screen. Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), directed by Charles Reisner, was one of the first, and following its success MGM tapped him again to direct Chasing Rainbows, a backstage musical with more of a plot than Hollywood Revue, but just barely. Eddie Rock (vaudevillian Jack Benny, in his first film role) is manager of a motley group of performers in the show "Goodbye Broadway". Between the roving eye of show star Terry (Charles King) and squabbles between Bonnie (Marie Dressler) and Polly (Polly Moran) it's a wonder the show ever gets off the ground. Like many movies of this era, the original print included now-lost two-strip Technicolor scenes, but what proved even more lasting is the song "Happy Days Are Here Again", which made its debut here and would become Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign song in 1932. By Violet LeVoit

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Initially reviewed as The Road Show.