Zelma O'Neal sings "I Want to Be Bad"
|Directed by||Lloyd Corrigan and Laurence Schwab.|
|Produced by||Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab.|
|Written by||Lloyd Corrigan
based on the play by Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab
|Starring||Charles 'Buddy' Rogers
|Music by||Lew Brown
Buddy G. DeSylva
George Marion Jr.
Richard A. Whiting
|Cinematography||Charles P. Boyle
Henry W. Gerrard
|Edited by||Alyson Shaffer|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Follow Thru is a 1930 musical comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was the second all-color all-talking feature to be produced by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on the popular 1929 Broadway play of the same name by Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab. The play ran from January 9, 1929 to December 21, 1929; running for 401 performances. Jack Haley and Zelma O'Neal, who starred in the original musical play, reprised their roles for the film version. The film is one of dozens of musicals made in 1929 and 1930 following the advent of sound, and one of several to feature color cinematography. However, many of these films have been lost or destroyed by the original studios. Follow Thru survives in its entirety and in excellent condition. It has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive under the direction of Robert Gitt.
- Charles 'Buddy' Rogers as Jerry Downes
- Nancy Carroll as Lora Moore
- Zelma O'Neal as Angie Howard
- Jack Haley as Jack Martin
- Eugene Pallette as J.C. Effingham
- Thelma Todd as Mrs Van Horn
- Claude King as Mac Moore
- Kathryn Givney as Mrs Bascomb
- Margaret Lee as Babs Bascomb
- Don Tomkins as Dinty Moore
- Albert Gran as Martin Bascomb
The film was shot in Los Angeles. The extras who appear in golf course scenes had to be coached with regards to golf etiquette (when to applaud a strike, etc). About two hundred extras were used for the climactic golf championship sequence.
- "Button Up Your Overcoat"
- "You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?"
- "I Want to Be Bad"
- "I'm Hard to Please"
- "A Peach of a Pair"
- "It Must Be You"
For a long time, the film was believed to be lost, but a print was found in the 1990s and it was carefully restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
- Reading Eagle. Charles Rogers At State, Follow Thru October 19. 1930. p 16 Web 18 November 2013.