Chasing Rainbows

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For the Canadian TV miniseries, see Chasing Rainbows (TV series).
Chasing Rainbows
Chasing Rainbows1930.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Reisner
Written by Al Boasberg
Wells Root
Kenyon Nicholson
Charles Reisner
Based on Road Show 
by Robert E. Hopkins
Bess Meredyth
Starring Bessie Love
Charles King
Music by Milton Ager
Jack Yellen
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by George Hively
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
1930 (1930)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Chasing Rainbows is a 1930 American romantic musical film directed by Charles Reisner, starring Bessie Love and Charles King, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The supporting cast features Jack Benny, Marie Dressler, and Polly Moran.[1] This was Jack Benny's first film role.

The movie introduced the song "Happy Days Are Here Again".

Plot summary[edit]

Eddie Rock (Jack Benny) is manager of a group of performers in the show "Goodbye Broadway".


Marie Dressler became the studio's most valuable star later that same year as a result of Min and Bill with Wallace Beery, only to die of cancer four years later.

Film preservation[edit]

Chasing Rainbows was mostly filmed in black and white, but had two Technicolor sequences. Today those sequences are lost (originally removed for a 1931 re-release and destroyed in the Vault 7 fire), but the rest of the movie survives. It has been issued on DVD in the Warner Archive Collection. The lost sequences, with only the sound still existent on Vitaphone disks, include the "Happy Days Are Here Again" performance.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (February 22, 1930). "Movie Review: Chasing Rainbows (1929)". New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chasing Rainbows (1930)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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