Sunny Side Up (film)
|Sunny Side Up|
|Directed by||David Butler|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||B. G. DeSylva |
|Starring||Janet Gaynor |
|Music by||B. G. DeSylva |
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|Release dates||3 October 1929|
|Running time||121 minutes|
|Box office||$3.3 million|
Sunny Side Up (1929) is a Fox Movietone movie musical starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, with original songs, story, and dialogue by B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. The romantic comedy/musical premiered on 3 October 1929 at the Gaiety Theatre in New York City. The film was directed by David Butler, had (now-lost) Multicolor sequences, and a running time of 121 minutes.
The film centres around a Will-they won't-they romance. Wealthy Jack Cromwell from Long Island runs off to New York City on account of his fiancee's relentless flirting. He attends an Independence Day block party where Molly Carr, from Yorkville, Manhattan, falls in love with him. Comic relief is provided by grocer Eric Swenson (El Brendel), above whose shop Molly and her flatmate, Bea Nichols (Marjorie White), live. Gaynor performs a charming singing and dancing version of the song "Sunny Side Up" for a crowd of her neighbors, complete with top hat and cane. Later in the film, a lavish pre-Code dance sequence for the song "Turn on the Heat," including scantily clad and gyrating island women enticing bananas on trees to abruptly grow and stiffen, with the graphic metaphor lost on no one, occurs without Gaynor's participation.
Gaynor and Farrell made almost a dozen films together, including Frank Borzage's classics Seventh Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), and Lucky Star (1929). Gaynor won the first Academy Award for Best Actress for the first two and F. W. Murnau's Sunrise.
- Janet Gaynor as Molly Carr
- Charles Farrell as Jack Cromwell
- Marjorie White as Bea Nichols
- El Brendel as Eric Swenson
- Mary Forbes as Mrs. Cromwell
- Peter Gawthorne as Lake
- Sharon Lynn as Jane Worth
- Frank Richardson as Eddie Rafferty
- Joe Brown as Joe Vito
- Jackie Cooper as Jerry McGinnis (uncredited)
Gaynor and Farrell made almost a dozen films together, including Frank Borzage's classics Seventh Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), and Lucky Star (1929). Gaynor won the first Academy Award for Best Actress for the first two and F. W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927).
The The Times and The New York Times both express the opinion that the film, and the singing voices of Gaynor and Farrell, are all tolerable if not exactly worthy of praise. Despite the sugary sentimentality, the film is engaging, while the cinematography and special effects are impressive.
I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We All?
Several times throughout the film Gaynor sings the tune "I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?" and, on one occasion, sings it impressively, according to the New York Times. The credits are: words, De Sylva & Brown; music, Ray Henderson.
The song was punned by the Marx Brothers in the film Animal Crackers (1930). Groucho asks his brother to play a song about Montreal, to which Chico starts up with "I'm a dreamer, Montreal." The pun has been much-recycled  not least in Stewart Parker's award-winning play I’m a Dreamer, Montreal.
- "WHICH CINEMA FILMS HAVE EARNED THE MOST MONEY SINCE 1914?.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 4 March 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- NY Times 4 October 1929 Movie Review
- The Times, 30 December 1929, New Gallery Cinema "Sunny Side Up"
- Glenn Mitchell, The Marx Brothers encyclopedia (Reynolds & Hearn, 2003) ISBN 1-903111-49-8
- The Complete Prestige Recordings