The Jazz Age (film)
- For the term which refers to the 1920s, see Jazz Age.
|The Jazz Age (1929)|
|Directed by||Leslie Shores|
|Written by||Paul Gangelin (script)
Randolph Bartlett (intertitles)
|Starring||Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Henry B. Walthall
|Music by||Josiah Zuro|
|Edited by||Ann McKnight|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|64 minutes (7 reels; 6246 ft.)|
The Jazz Age (1929) is a film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Marceline Day, and Joel McCrea in his first leading role. The film, directed by Leslie Shores and written by Randolph Bartlett, was released by RKO Radio Pictures soon after RKO was created from Film Booking Offices of America (FBO), RCA, and the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain.
Steve Maxwell (Fairbanks) and Sue Randall (Day), during an escapade, wreck one of her father's streetcars. The elder Randall uses this incident to stop the elder Maxwell (Walthall) from opposing Randall's illegal contract with the city. When Steve tells all to the city council, Mr. Randall (Ratcliffe) threatens Steve with arrest, Sue admits her culpability, and announces her intentions of marrying Steve.
- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. ... Steve Maxwell
- Marceline Day ... Sue Randall
- Henry B. Walthall ... Mr. Maxwell (billed as H. B. Walthall)
- Myrtle Stedman ... Mrs. Maxwell
- Gertrude Messinger ... Marjorie
- Joel McCrea ... Todd Sayles
- William Bechtel ... Mr. Sayles
- E. J. Ratcliffe ... Mr. Randall
- Ione Holmes ... Ellen McBride
- Edgar Dearing ... Motor Cop
- The film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation.
RKO released The Jazz Age in both a silent and part-talkie version, so the film could be shown in theaters equipped for sound, and for those not equipped for sound. The part-talkie version was recorded in RCA Photophone.
There was a later documentary film produced by NBC News Project 20, narrated by Fred Allen also titled The Jazz Age (1956), and a 15-episode TV series of the same name on the BBC (1968). Both the IMDB and TCM websites, for the 1929 film, show the 1956 film as available on DVD for purchase. No info is given about the availability of the 1929 title.
- IMDB entry
- TCM Database entry
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) page 92 c.1978 by the American Film Institute
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..The Jazz Age
- The Jazz Age (1929) at SilentEra