Lucky Boy

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Jessel is featured in a role and story heavily inspired by Jolson and his 1927 feature THE JAZZ SINGER. Jessel is the son of Jewish parents; his father, Strauss, is a jeweler who wants the boy to enter the same profession, while his mother, Rosanova, is devoted to her son. Jessel decides to pursue a career in show business, and is a hit at an amateur show...read more

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Jessel is featured in a role and story heavily inspired by Jolson and his 1927 feature THE JAZZ SINGER. Jessel is the son of Jewish parents; his father, Strauss, is a jeweler who wants the boy to enter the same profession, while his mother, Rosanova, is devoted to her son. Jessel decides to

pursue a career in show business, and is a hit at an amateur show in California, but quickly has to return to New York when Rosanova becomes ill. He soon gets his big break when he's tapped to star in a Broadway show called "Lucky Boy." Aside from the obvious parallels to THE JAZZ SINGER, this

film is noted for a few other attributes of its own. The "Momma" motif became a famous one for Jessel, who often used to "telephone" his mother in his comedy routines. Here the theme is probably the strongest of the picture. Like THE JAZZ SINGER, this is part silent, part sound. This is one of the

first films recorded in the RCA Photophone process, which for its time was quite advanced over other recording processes. Jessel sings: "Lucky Boy," "My Mother's Eyes" (L. Wolfe Gilbert, Abel Baer), "Old Man Sunshine," "My Real Sweetheart," "In My Bouquet of Memories" (Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young,

Harry Akst), "My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now" (Irving Caesar, Cliff Friend), and "California Here I Come" (Al Jolson, B.G. De Sylva, Joseph Meyer).

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