Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Charles Reisner|
|Written by||Al Boasberg
|Based on||Road Show
by Robert E. Hopkins
|Music by||Milton Ager
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||George Hively|
|February 23, 1930|
90 minutes (existent)
Chasing Rainbows is a 1930 American Pre-Code 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. This was Jack Benny's first film role.
The movie introduced the song "Happy Days Are Here Again".
Carlie and Terry constitute a vaudeville team in a traveling musical show; also in the company are Eddie, the stage manager; Bonnie, a comedienne; and Polly, the wardrobe mistress. Terry's habit of constantly falling in love with the leading lady causes him to marry Daphne, a two-timing songstress. When he finds her with another man, Eddie threatens to kill himself, but his little partner reassures him that "Happy Days Are Here Again," and the show goes on.
- Bessie Love as Carlie Semour
- Charles King as Terry Fay
- Jack Benny as Eddie Rock
- George K. Arthur as Lester
- Polly Moran as Polly
- Gwen Lee as Peggy
- Nita Martan as Daphne Wayne
- Eddie Phillips as Don Cordova
- Marie Dressler as Bonnie
- Youcca Troubetzkov as Lanning
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.
- Chasing Rainbows at the Internet Movie Database
- Chasing Rainbows at AllMovie
- Chasing Rainbows at the TCM Movie Database
- Chasing Rainbows at the American Film Institute Catalog
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