Sonny Boy (1929 film)

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Sonny Boy
Sonny Boy.jpg
original lobby card
Directed by Archie Mayo
Written by Charles Graham Baker
James A. Starr
Story by "Leon Zuardo" (Jack L. Warner)
Starring Davey Lee
Betty Bronson
Edward Everett Horton
Gertrude Olmstead
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Ben F. Reynolds
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • April 18, 1929 (1929-04-18)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sonny Boy is a 1929 film released by Warner Bros., directed by Archie Mayo, and starring Davey Lee, Edward Everett Horton, and Betty Bronson. Some of the movie was shot silent, and some was filmed in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system.[1]


Sonny Boy's parents are in the midst of a bitter divorce when the boy's mother talks her sister into kidnapping him because she is terrified that her husband will take the boy out of the country after the divorce. The nervy sister takes the lad to the apartment of her sister's husband's lawyer who believes that she has gone away for a time. A merry mix-up ensues when he returns to the apartment with his parents in tow. To maintain appearances, the sister must pose as the lawyer's wife. Eventually she decides to take the boy and flee, but then she realizes that Sonny Boy has vanished. It seems he saw an interesting theater marquee, climbed down the fire escape, and went to the movies. The adults arrive just in time to hear a rousing rendition of the hit song "Sonny Boy".


Preservation status[edit]

Sony Boy is a lost film. All of the feature-length movies Edward Everett Horton made from 1928 to 1929 with Warner Bros. are lost, except Lights of New York (1928), in which Horton was an extra in one scene. Although he was a major comedian in vaudeville, he had not established himself in silent films, since he was a verbal comedian and not really a physical comedian.

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