Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (film)
|Hallelujah, I'm a Bum|
|Directed by||Lewis Milestone|
|Written by||S.N. Behrman
Ben Hecht (story)
|Music by||Richard Rodgers|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|February 3, 1933|
The film stars Al Jolson as Bumper, a popular New York tramp, and both romanticizes and satirizes the hobo lifestyle into which many people were forced by the economic conditions of the time. It is noted for its heavy Leftist overtones and freewheeling style. Amongst its supporting cast were Frank Morgan, silent comedian Harry Langdon and Chester Conklin of the Keystone Kops. Frank Morgan, who would later play the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz uncannily foreshadows in this film the later film when he says to Al Jolson: "There's no place like home, there's no place like home."
Another particular distinction of this film is that it well may be the first Black/White buddy movie. Jolson, known for his history of supporting black entertainment, hired the talented black vaudevillian, Edgar Connor to play his buddy in this film.
The complete list of musical numbers in the film were I Gotta Get Back to New York, My Pal Bumper, Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, Laying the Cornerstone, Sleeping Beauty (Dropped before the film was released), Dear June, Bumper Found a Grand, What Do You Want With Money?, Kangaroo Court, I'd Do It Again and You Are Too Beautiful
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