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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1929
  • Label: Kino Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Film Excerpt:
      1. "Glorifying the American Girl" (1929) starring Helen Morgan
    • Interviews: Rouben Mamoulian - Director
    • Song:
      1. "What I Wouldn't Do for that Man" (Newsreel Footage) - Helen Morgan
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Photo Galleries
    • Helen Morgan Biographical and Background Essays by biographer Christopher Connelly
    • Promotional Materials
    • Text Excerpts:
      1. Original Novel Excerpt
      2. 1929 Censorship Files
    • Text Interview:
      1. "The Camera's the Thing" - Rouben Mamoulian - Director
  • Additional Products:
    • Booklet Essay - Miles Kreuger, Founder and President, Institute of the American Musical, Inc.

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by
Cinematography by
Produced by , &

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today -
"Hiding microphones everywhere and getting outside for some magnificent time-capsule shots of New York City, Mamoulian's direction still triumphs."

Product Description:

Kitty Darling (Helen Morgan), a burlesque entertainer, fears the impact her lifestyle will have on her daughter April (Joan Peers), so she sends the girl to a convent for proper rearing. Years later, an adult April returns to her mother's life, and the two must forge a new relationship. Complications in the process arise when Kitty finds balancing motherhood and her fading career difficult, and April must fend off advances from her mother's lover at the same time she explores her first love. This musical drama fits nicely into the "backstage" musical and melodrama category, which explores the ups and downs of entertainers' lives when they're not performing, but the deft direction of Rouben Mamoulian helps the film exceed its place in the genre. Made just as American cinema begins to move from silent films to "talkies," Mamoulian manages to transform a soapy story into a sophisticated and moving portrait of the life of an aging performer who trades on her beauty. This heartrending musical possesses even more significance given its pre-code status - a film made prior to the institution of the self-censorship of sex, violence and other controversial content that began formally in 1934 and lasted until the late 1960s.

Plot Keywords:

Love | Musical Sequences | Musicals / Music Videos

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