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Why Bring That Up?
Directed by George Abbott
Written by Octavus Roy Cohen (story)
George Abbott (screenplay)
Hector Turnbull (screenplay)
Starring Charles Mack
George Moran
Evelyn Brent
Harry Green
Bert Swor
Music by Sam Coslow (songwriter)
Leo Robin (songwriter)
A. Whiting (songwriter)
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by William Shea
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
October 4, 1929 (1929-10-04)
Running time
82 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

Why Bring That Up? (La piovra in Italy) is a 1929 American black and white musical film.


In this 1929 comedy, two white minstrel comedians, Moran and Mack, in black-face, re-create their most beloved routines in this comedy. Their acts are loosely framed by a story involving a con woman after one of the comedian's money. Despite her efforts the "Crows" end up winning in the end. Among the routines are "Head Man," "Let's Not Talk about That," and the popular "Early Bird Gets the Worm." Some viewers may find the abounding racist attitudes in the film offensive.


George's partner in vaudeville quits their act, claiming that Betty has broken his heart. George then teams up with Charlie, a stranded trouper, and Irving becomes their manager. Later, in New York, the "Two Black Crows" star in their own revue and save money to build their own theater on Broadway. Betty comes to the theater with her lover, who poses as a cousin and induces George to hire her. He showers her with jewels and money. She tries to persuade George to invest in oil stock her lover is selling, and though their act is a success, Charlie fires Betty. When Charlie and Betty's lover quarrel, Charlie is injured.



  • "Do I Know What I'm Doing While I'm in Love"
Written by Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting) and Sam Coslow
  • "Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo"
Written by Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting) and Sam Coslow


  • A ballet sequence entitles "Silvery Moonlight", which composed by Dimitri Tiomkin, was not included in the final cut of the film.
  • The film is one of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However,because of legal or other complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and may have never been televised.
  • The film is referenced in Paramount on Parade (1930).

External links[edit]

Category:Musical films Category:1929 films