Chasing Rainbows (1930 film)
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|
|106 minutes (complete but lost)|
90 minutes (extant)
85 minutes (TCM print)
|Box office||$700,000 ($10,498,606 today)|
The film reunites The Broadway Melody stars Bessie Love and Charles King, with a supporting cast of Jack Benny, Marie Dressler, and Polly Moran. This was Jack Benny's first dramatic role in a motion picture.
Filmed in July and August of 1929, it was not released for months later, missing an opportunity to capitalize on the success of its song "Happy Days Are Here Again", which by then had already been major hit.
Carlie (Love) and Terry (King) are in a traveling vaudeville troupe with Eddie (Benny), the stage manager; Bonnie (Dressler), a comedian; and Polly (Moran), the wardrobe mistress. Terry constantly falls in love with his leading ladies, and marries Daphne (Martan), a two-timing songstress. When he finds her with another man, Terry threatens to kill himself, but Carlie 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. The film survives, but those sequences are lost, having been removed for a 1931 re-release and destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire. Sound from the lost color sequences still exists on Vitaphone disks, including "Happy Days Are Here Again".
The film has been issued on DVD in the Warner Archive Collection.
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- "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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