Puttin' On the Ritz (film)

Puttin' On the Ritz is a 1930 musical film directed by Edward Sloman and starring Harry Richman, Joan Bennett, and James Gleason. The screenplay was written by Gleason and William K. Wells based on a story by John W. Considine, Jr. It was the first of many films to feature the popular song "Puttin' On the Ritz", which was written and published by Irving Berlin in 1929.

Puttin' On the Ritz
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Poster for the 1940s re-release
Directed byEdward Sloman
Produced by
Written by
Music by
CinematographyRay June
Edited by
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • March 1, 1930 (1930-03-01)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States



Lobby card

All current prints derive from a 1940s re-release print that was censored for pre-Code content and cut down by about twenty minutes. The title cards at the start and end of the film have also been edited and altered. Puttin' On the Ritz was originally shot with two-color Technicolor sequences, but today those sequences partially survive only in black and white.

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