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Good Time Charley
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Nov 1927
Duration (in feet):   6,302
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Helene Costello (Rosita Keene)  
    Warner Oland (Good Time Charley [Charles Edward Keene])  
    Clyde Cook (Bill Collins)  
    Montagu Love (John Hartwell)  
    Hugh Allan (John Hartwell, Jr.)  
    Julanne Johnston (Elaine Keene)  

Summary: Song-and-dance man Charles Edward Keene (Good Time Charley) is bereft when his wife, Elaine, dies as a result of a fall incurred trying to evade the advances of Hartwell, her manager. Years later, his daughter, Rosita, becomes an overnight sensation as a result of her cafe act under Hartwell's management, and Charley is given a bit part in the show at her request. Hartwell, Jr., asks his father's permission to marry Rosita; and when refused, the couple elope, causing Hartwell to dismiss Charley, who is losing his sight and cannot afford eye surgery. Bill Collins, the prop man, mortgages his interest in a theater to get the money for Charley; and disappointed when Charley gives it to the newlyweds, Bill tells him who is responsible for his wife's death. In a rage, Charley shoots at Hartwell's reflection, thinking he has killed him. Rosita is abandoned by Jack, who loses confidence in her, and Charley and Bill are forced to live in an actor's home; but on Christmas Eve, Rosita visits the home with a troupe and is reunited with her father. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
Writer: Ilona Fulop (Scen)
  Anthony Coldewey (Adpt)
  Owen Francis (Adpt)
  Darryl Francis Zanuck (Story)
  Jack Jarmuth (Titles)
Photography: Barney McGill (Cam)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 5/11/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24638

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Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: with songs
Subjects (Major): Actors and actresses
  New York City--Broadway
  Theatrical troupes


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
New York Times   21 Nov 1927   p. 20.
Variety   23 Nov 1927   p. 24.

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