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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.[1] This was Jack Benny's first dramatic role in a motion picture.

Chasing Rainbows
Chasing Rainbows1930.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Reisner
Written byAl Boasberg
Wells Root
Kenyon Nicholson
Charles Reisner
Based onRoad Show
by Robert E. Hopkins
Bess Meredyth
StarringBessie Love
Charles King
Music byMilton Ager
Jack Yellen
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byGeorge Hively
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
February 23, 1930
Running time
100 minutes
90 minutes (existent)
85 minutes (TCM Print) (incomplete)
CountryUnited States

The movie introduced the song "Happy Days Are Here Again".


Plot summaryEdit

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.


Film preservationEdit

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.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (February 22, 1930). "Movie Review: Chasing Rainbows (1929)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Dickstein, Martin (24 February 1930). "The Cinema Circuit". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Chasing Rainbows (1930)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 14, 2014.

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