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Weary River (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 10 February 1929 (USA)
A gangster is put in prison, but finds salvation through music while serving his time. Again on the outside, he finds success elusive and temptations abound.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Courtney Ryley Cooper (story) (as Courtney Riley Cooper), Bradley King (screen version) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Jerry Larrabee
Betty Compson ... Alice Gray
William Holden William Holden ... Prison Warden
Louis Natheaux ... Spadoni
George E. Stone ... Blackie (as George Stone)
Ray Turner ... Elevator Boy (as Raymond Turner)
Gladden James ... Jerry's Manager
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Jerry Larabee (Richard Barthelmess)is a gangster who can play piano and sing, mostly to entertain his girl Alice (Betty Compson), who is quite visibly thrilled by his crooning. But as the result of a gangland shootout he had with rival mobster Spadoni (Louis Natheaux), Larabee must do a stretch in prison. The kindly warden (William Holden) sees a potential for redemption in him, and talks Mary into giving him up, so he will break all contact with his previous life. Through his musical talents, Jerry is soon doing radio broadcasts with the prison orchestra, and one of his own compositions, "Weary River" is a smash hit with listeners. In no time, he's released, with a concert tour lined up. unfortunately, hecklers cause the overly sensitive ex-gunman to lose his confidence and he's a flop. Down on his luck, he drifts back to his old gang buddies and Mary, who's never stopped loving him. After learning that his stint up the river was a frame-up by Spadoni, a showdown is arranged at their... Written by WesternOne

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Just like a melody From out of the sky when this convict boy sings and plays the song of his weary soul! Hear it on the Vitaphone. (Print Ad- Morning Leader, ((Regina, Sask.)) 2 May 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bag Fængslets Port See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (Western Electric Apparatus) (sound effects, music and talking sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was restored by The Library of Congress Motion Picture Division, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment Company. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Larrabee: Everything's gonna be hunky-dory from now on for you and me, kid. I'm gonna get you outta this dump. And when I do, they'll be nothin' too good for you.
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Alternate Versions

First National also released this film in a silent version. See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Alter
Played on piano by Richard Barthelmess during a concert
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Interesting half-and-half
19 March 2003 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Turner Classic Movies presented "Weary River" in March of 2003 as part of its month of Oscar. I found it intriguing, even enjoyable. Partly because it was half-silent and half-sound, I was intrigued, since I have a deep and abiding interest in the earliest films. I enjoyed it for that reason, and because the story itself was, at the very least, pleasant, if not totally believable and realistic. Betty Compson, who played Alice, had a remarkably cute way of speaking, and whenever she called to her lover Jerry, played by Richard Barthelmess, she pronounced it "Jer-wy," which I found endearing. Great cinema? Perhaps not, but one I would like to see again, if only to prove to myself whether Barthelmess did his own singing. And to watch and hear the adorable Betty Compson.


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