Chasing Rainbows (1930 film)
Chasing Rainbows is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic musical film directed by Charles Reisner, starring Bessie Love and Charles King, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The supporting cast features Jack Benny, Marie Dressler, and Polly Moran. This was Jack Benny's first dramatic role in a motion picture.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Charles Reisner|
|Written by||Al Boasberg|
|Based on||Road Show|
by Robert E. Hopkins
|Music by||Milton Ager|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||George Hively|
|February 23, 1930|
90 minutes (existent)
85 minutes (TCM Print) (incomplete)
The movie introduced the song "Happy Days Are Here Again".
Carlie and Terry constitute a vaudeville team in a traveling musical show; also in the company are Eddie, the stage manager; Bonnie, a comedian; 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, Terry threatens to kill himself, but his little partner reassures him that "Happy Days Are Here Again," and the show goes on.
Chasing Rainbows was mostly filmed in black and white, but had two Technicolor sequences. Today those sequences are lost (originally removed for a 1931 re-release and destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire), but the rest of the movie survives. It has been issued on DVD in the Warner Archive Collection. The lost sequences, with only the sound still existent on Vitaphone disks, include the "Happy Days Are Here Again" performance.
- Hall, Mordaunt (February 22, 1930). "Movie Review: Chasing Rainbows (1929)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Dickstein, Martin (24 February 1930). "The Cinema Circuit". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "Chasing Rainbows (1930)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- Chasing Rainbows on IMDb
- Chasing Rainbows at AllMovie
- Chasing Rainbows at the TCM Movie Database
- Chasing Rainbows at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Surviving Vitaphone soundtrack for lost reels 10 & 11 at SoundCloud
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