Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (film)
|Hallelujah, I'm a Bum|
|Directed by||Lewis Milestone|
|Written by||S.N. Behrman|
|Story by||Ben Hecht|
|Music by||Richard Rodgers|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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. Among the production's supporting cast are Frank Morgan, silent comedian Harry Langdon and Chester Conklin of the Keystone Kops. Morgan, who portrays the Wizard in the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz, foreshadows a famous line in that film when he says to Al Jolson, "There's no place like home, there's no place like home". Jolson, known for his history of supporting black entertainment, hired black vaudevillian Edgar Connor to play his buddy.
- Al Jolson as Bumper
- Madge Evans as June Marcher
- Frank Morgan as Mayor John Hastings
- Harry Langdon as Egghead
- Chester Conklin as Sunday
- Tyler Brooke as Mayor's Secretary
- Tammany Young as Orlando
- Bert Roach as John
- Edgar Connor as Acorn
- Dorothea Wolbert as Apple Mary
- Louise Carver as Ma Sunday
The complete list of musical numbers in the film is:
- "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"
- "You Are Too Beautiful"
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