|Running Time||80 minutes|
|Production||October- November 1932|
|Release||8th February 1933|
|Music/Lyrics||Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart|
Bumper - Al Jolson
June Marcher - Madge Evans
Mayor Hastings - Frank Morgan
Egghead - Harry Langdon
Sunday - Chester Conklin
Acorn - Edgar Connor
I Gotta Get Back To New York
Hallelujah I'm A Bum
What Do You Want with Money ?
I'd Do It Again
You Are Too Beautiful
Jolson signed a contract with Joseph Schenck to make 3 films for United Artists. The first was to have been Sons O'Guns, a Broadway musical comedy about a playboy who finds himself in the army with his former valet Hobson as his sergeant. This was abandoned in favour of a story about the tramps in Central Park.
The movie was shot first in July to September 1932 with songs by Irving Caesar and with Roland Young in the role of Mayor Hastings. Young became ill and his scenes had to be reshot and the director fell out with Jolson.
Eventually the movie was directed by Lewis Milestone who had just won the Academy Award for Best Picture for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). The songs were by Rodgers and Hart and the dialogue was in rhyming couplets.
|No hallelujahs shall be shouted here, for the production is a far from enthralling example of motion picture art. (William Boehnel, World Telegram)|
|Hardly a lavish production despite its cost this is nevetheless a fascinating film. Very few Depression movies tackled the issues of responsibility and depicted the lives of tamps. Also I can't think of any which didn't have a happy ending, perhaps its not surprising that the film flopped though Jolson's acting is much better than before.|