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Syncopation
Director: Bert Glennon (Dir)
Release Date:   24 Mar 1929
Duration (in mins):   83
Duration (in feet):   7,626
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Barbara Bennett (Flo)  
    Bobby Watson (Benny)  
    Ian Hunter (Winston)  
    Morton Downey (Lew)  
    Osgood Perkins (Hummel)  
    Mackenzie Ward (Henry)  
    Vera Teasdale (Rita)  
    Dorothy Lee    
    Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians    

Summary: Benny and Flo, a husband-and-wife vaudeville act who form the dancing team of Sloane and Darrel, reach the Broadway big time in a revue that folds under them. They are signed up for a nightclub, however, and become a sensation. Winston, a society playboy, takes a fancy to Flo, and she soon becomes discontented with the unsophisticated Benny and his Broadway buddies. Flo divorces Benny and breaks up the act, finding a new dancing partner for a revue backed by Winston. The act is a flop, and Winston offers Flo a trip to Europe without benefit of clergy. Coming to her senses at last, Flo returns to Benny, and they go on the road again with their old act. 

Production Company: RKO Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: RKO Distributing Corp.  
Director: Bert Glennon (Dir)
  Basil Smith (Asst dir)
  Fred Uttal (Asst dir)
  James Seymour (Dial dir)
  Bertram Harrison (Dial dir)
Producer: Robert Kane (Supv)
Writer: Frances Agnew (Adpt)
  Gene Markey (Dial)
  Paul S. Haschke (Titles)
Photography: Dal Clawson (Dir of photog)
  George Webber (Dir of photog)
  Frank Landi (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Edward Pfitzenmeier (Film ed)
Sound: Tommy Cumming (Sd dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Jericho," words by Leo Robin, music by Richard Myers; "Mine Alone," words by Clifford Grey, music by Richard Myers; "I'll Always Be in Love With You" and "It Is the Perfect Waltz Song," words by Bud Green, Sammy Stept and Herman Ruby; "Do Something," words and music by Bud Green and Sammy Stept.
Composer: Sammy Stept
  Bud Green
  Clifford Grey
  Richard Myers
  Leo Robin
  Herman Ruby
Source Text: Based on the novel Stepping High by Gene Markey (Garden City, NY, 1929).
Authors: Gene Markey

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
RKO Productions, Inc. 1/3/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP248

Physical Properties: Sd: RCA Photophone
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Genre: Comedy-drama
  Musical
 
Subjects (Major): Dancers
  Divorce
  New York City--Broadway
  Nightclubs
  Class distinction
  Vaudeville

Note:  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   24 Mar 1929.   
New York Times   8 Apr 1929   p. 32.
Variety   10 Apr 1929   p. 25.

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