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Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)

A vaudeville and nightclub performer becomes successful and forgets who his friends really are.

Director:

Edward Sloman (as Edward H. Sloman)

Writers:

Billy K. Wells (dialogue) (as William K. Wells), James Gleason (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Richman ... Harry Raymond
Joan Bennett ... Dolores Fenton
James Gleason ... James Tierney
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Teddy Van Rennsler
Lilyan Tashman ... Goldie Devere
Purnell Pratt ... George Barnes
Richard Tucker ... Fenway Brooks
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Bob Wagner
George Irving ... Dr. Blair
Sidney Franklin Sidney Franklin ... Schmidt
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Storyline

Crooner Harry Raymond and best friend James Tierney are working for a musical promoter when they meet Dolores Fenton who is trying to make ends meet by selling one of her songs. Raymond collaborates with Miss Fenton on her music but gets fired overzealoulsy selling it to his boss. Raymond and Tierney, along with their girlfriends, work in vaudeville until they are separated by a Broadway offer for Raymond and girlfriend Dolores. Success comes to the crooning Raymond in New York. He starts hobnobbing with high society, drinking heavily, and forgetting his old friends. It's a formula for a big fall. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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The Spectacular Talking SInging Dancing Sensation See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bancando o Lord See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The last reel, which consists of a 953 ft. 2-strip Technicolor Alice in Wonderland sequence, survives only in black and white. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Puttin' on the Ritz
(1930)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Performed by Harry Richman (uncredited) and chorus
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The dangers of drinking
19 November 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Goodness me, that was a bit depressing. If you drink alcohol, you go blind! If you pull your plonker, you go blind. You can't do anything that is fun otherwise you will go blind. Who is putting this nonsense forward as factual?

Harry Richman (Harry) is a singer songwriter who makes it big and leaves his friends behind only to get his comeuppance. Can ex-partner Joan Bennett (Dolores) forgive him?

The story is a bit boring and doesn't flow because chunks of the storyline have been edited out. Don't watch for that. See the film for 3 of the musical segments - the song "With You", the weird Alice in Wonderland section and the standout "Puttin' on the Ritz" which is without doubt the best version of the song put on film. This alone makes the film keeping onto as well as it being an interesting museum piece and time capsule with the film sets.


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