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Is Everybody Happy?
Director: Archie L. Mayo (Dir)
Release Date:   19 Oct 1929
Duration (in mins):   110
Duration (in feet):   7,311
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Ted Lewis (Ted Todd)  
    Alice Day (Gail Wilson)  
    Ann Pennington (Lena Schmitt)  
    Lawrence Grant (Victor Molnár)  
    Julia Swayne Gordon (Mrs. Molnár)  
    Otto Hoffman (Landlord)  
    Purnell Pratt (Stage manager)  

Summary: Victor Molnár, an orchestra conductor in Budapest, retires and emigrates to the United States with his wife and young son, Ted, who takes with him a prized violin presented to him by Emperor Franz Joseph. They rent an inexpensive apartment in New York, and Ted looks up Lena, his former sweetheart, now a member of the Ziegfeld Follies. Ashamed of Ted's appearance, she greets him coolly. Ted is unable to find work with a symphony orchestra, and, faced with overdue rent, he borrows money on the precious violin, telling the family he has a job. Meanwhile, he practices the saxophone in the park, where he meets Gail, who is employed by a theatrical manager. When his parents discover him playing jazz in a Hungarian café, they are outraged and his father is heartbroken. Aided by Gail, Ted forms his own jazz band and becomes a star, and a family reconciliation takes place on Christmas Day. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Archie L. Mayo (Dir)
Writer: James A. Starr (Story, scen and dial)
  Joseph Jackson (Story, scen and dial)
  De Leon Anthony (Titles)
Photography: Ben Reynolds (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Desmond O'Brien (Film ed)
Dance: Larry Ceballos (Dance dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Wouldn't It Be Wonderful?" "I'm the Medicine Man for the Blues," "New Orleans" and "Samoa," by Grant Clarke and Harry Akst; "In the Land of Jazz" and "Start the Band," by Ted Lewis; "St. Louis Blues," by W. C. Handy; "Tiger Rag," music by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, lyrics by Harry DeCosta.
Composer: The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  Harry Akst
  Grant Clarke
  W. C. Handy
  Ted Lewis
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 6/10/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP749

Physical Properties: Sd: Vitaphone
  Sd, also Si: Also si.
  b&w:

 
Genre: Drama
  Drama
Sub-Genre: Domestic
  with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Budapest (Hungary)
  Christmas
  Family life
  Francis Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916
  Hungarians
  Jazz music
  Musicians
  New York City
  Conductors (Music)
  Saxophones
  Violinists
  Ziegfeld Follies

Note:  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   10 Nov 1929.   
New York Times   2 Nov 29   p. 14.
Variety   6 Nov 29   p. 19.

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