The Vagabond Lover

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Rudy Vallee made his movie debut in this dull but inexplicably successful little talkie, which cast him as a rube from small town America who learns to play the saxophone from a correspondence course offered by Waite, the East Coast "Saxophone King." Infused with enthusiasm (though you couldn't tell from Vallee's wooden performance), Vallee ventures out...read more

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Rudy Vallee made his movie debut in this dull but inexplicably successful little talkie, which cast him as a rube from small town America who learns to play the saxophone from a correspondence course offered by Waite, the East Coast "Saxophone King." Infused with enthusiasm (though you

couldn't tell from Vallee's wooden performance), Vallee ventures out to Long Island to meet his mentor. Much to his surprise, Waite brushes Vallee off and refuses to give the adoring fan an audience. There is nothing like the wrath of a rabid fan scorned, however, and Vallee gets revenge by posing

as Waite himself. This deception is mildly successful and Vallee gets some hot notices until it is revealed he is an imposter. Luckily, all is forgiven, and Waite hires Vallee to work for him. Dressler steals the show (so what else is new?) as a high-society dowager who puts her snobby,

upper-crust contemporaries in their place. Songs include "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" (Clifford Grey, Nat D. Ayer), "A Little Kiss Each Morning," "Heigh Ho Everybody" (Harry M. Woods), "Piccolo Pete" (Phil Baxter), "I Love You" (Ruby Cowan, Philip Bartholomae, Phil Boutelje), "I'll Be

Reminded of You" (Ken Smith, Edward Heyman), and "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" (Leon Zimmerman, Rudy Vallee).

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