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Sunnyside Up (1929)

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (story and dialogue) (as DeSylva), Lew Brown (story and dialogue) (as Brown) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Molly Carr
Charles Farrell ... Jack Cromwell
Marjorie White ... Bea Nichols
El Brendel ... Eric Swenson
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Cromwell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Lake the Butler
Sharon Lynn ... Jane Worth
Frank Richardson ... Eddie Rafferty
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... Joe Vitto
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Storyline

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The screen's first original all talking, singing, dancing musical comedy. (Posters). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1930 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunny Side Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Multicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A running gag involves aspiring songwriter Eddie singing new song concepts that just occurred to him; only the melodies are all well-known popular hits from the 1920s. Each tune he "thinks of" is a song that was written by the hit-making trio DeSylva, Brown and Henderson, who are the writers of "Sunnyside Up." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h) We see a piece of paper that reads "Wednesday, July 10th 1929", then a few minutes later we see an invitation to an affair that reads "Monday, July 12th 1929". Actually, the 10th did fall on Wednesday that year, but the 12th fell on the following Friday. See more »

Quotes

Molly Carr: They think I'm bad. Do you understand? Bad!
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Connections

Referenced in Hot and Cold (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU'VE GOT ME PICKIN' PETALS OFF O' DAISIES
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung and danced by Marjorie White and Frank Richardson
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Forget your fear of 1920s musicals
24 December 2010 | by ChorusGirlSee all my reviews

Did Busby Berkeley view this film before making THE GANG'S ALL HERE (also at Fox)? The "water curtain" effect is exactly the same...the production number is also set on a Long Island estate...the heroine sings a sad solo number to the audience at the benefit...there are big inflated bananas. It's hard to imagine this wasn't at least an inspiration for his big Technicolor triumph.

SUNNY SIDE UP defies all the expectations you have of early sound musicals...it's lively, well acted, funny and--get this--beautifully photographed. If you have only been exposed to pioneering musicals like THE Broadway MELODY, THE SINGING FOOL, and SHOW OF SHOWS, this will feel like it arrived from Mars. Time has been kind to Janet Gaynor, who had a marvelous range (see her in Murnau's SUNRISE) and was almost devoid of the usual affectations and Talkie mannerisms. She gives a beguiling performance here. And as an added bonus: one of the most insane of all pre-Code musical numbers.

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