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Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 20 August 1929 (USA)
A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Wanda Tuchock (scenario), Richard Schayer (treatment) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Daniel L. Haynes Daniel L. Haynes ... Zeke
Nina Mae McKinney ... Chick
William Fountaine William Fountaine ... Hot Shot
Harry Gray Harry Gray ... Parson
Fanny Belle DeKnight ... Mammy
Everett McGarrity Everett McGarrity ... Spunk
Victoria Spivey Victoria Spivey ... Missy Rose
Milton Dickerson Milton Dickerson ... Johnson Kid
Robert Couch Robert Couch ... Johnson Kid
Walter Tait Walter Tait ... Johnson Kid
Dixie Jubilee Singers Dixie Jubilee Singers
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Storyline

In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game. He loses $100, the money he got for the sale of his family's entire cotton crop. His brother Spunk is mortally wounded in the shoot-out which follows. Zeke goes away but returns as Brother Zekiel the preacher. His forceful preaching draws the faithful in large numbers. Even Chick wants to be saved. Zekiel has asked the pretty Missy Rose to marry him, but Chick can still cast a spell over the preacher... Written by David Steele

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Taglines:

REALISTIC! EARTHY!...it pictures in dialogue and heart-stirring song the reckless love and the gripping drama of the Southern Negro...come to the dusky cabarets....the revivals and the baptisms. (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallelujah See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

An advertising poster for this film is pictured on one stamp of a set of five 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamps honoring Vintage Black Cinema, issued 16 July 2008. Other films honored in this set are Black and Tan (1929), The Sport of the Gods (1921), Princesse Tam-Tam (1935), and Caldonia (1945). See more »

Goofs

When fighting for the revolver after the craps game seven shots are fired from a six shooter. See more »

Quotes

Zeke: Missy Rose, you ain't forgot me?
Missy Rose: Of course not. I love you too much.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this movie in a silent version, with Marian Ainslee writing the titles. See more »


Soundtracks

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
(uncredited)
Traditional Spiritual
Sung offscreen during the opening credits
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Deeply moving
6 February 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A gorgeous, all-black masterpiece. King Vidor directs a group of (mostly) non-actors to depict a picture of black life in the South. Daniel L. Haynes stars as Zeke, a none-too-smart cotton farmer who is tricked into wasting half a year's pay on gambling by a sexy little hoochie (Nina Mae McKinney). When Zeke gets in a fight with the man who cheated to win his money, tragedy strikes. In a fit of grief, he begins to belt out a gospel song and the people around him think he should become a priest. Not only is this a great gospel musical, it's a great religious drama, one where the emotions of faith seem deeply felt and real. Vidor's direction is as good as it ever was. When a lot of the films of 1929 were clunky and static, this one has a beautiful visual and aural flow with only a couple of small stumbles along the way.


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