Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum




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Al Jolson's "comeback" picture Hallelujah, I'm a Bum is an offbeat Depression-era concoction with script by Ben Hecht and S.N. Behrmann and music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Jolson plays a genial hobo who wanders happily around Central Park, neither seeking nor accepting honest employment. He is imbued with a sense of responsibility when he rescues pretty Madge Evans from committing suicide. Evans, suffering from amnesia, falls in love with Jolson, completely forgetting her … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: S. N. Behrman, Ben Hecht, Houston Branch, Art Caesar, S.N. Behrmann
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On DVD: Feb 5, 2002



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as June Marcher

as Mayor John Hastings

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as Mayor's secretary

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as Apple Mary

as Ma Sunday

as Bank Teller

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as Len (uncredited)

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Critic Reviews for Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 17, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A whimsical, offbeat and somewhat original Depression-era musical comedy.

Full Review… | October 10, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jolson's best acting; great Rodgers & Hart score; quirky rhymed dialogue

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Even things that are more jarring than effective -- school children and teachers singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" with a cut on every syllable -- are unforgettable.

Full Review… | October 19, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A very strange, pre-code, quasi-musical with a socialist message and a talking performance by silent comic Harry Langdon.

October 4, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

a whimsical and progressive pre-code musical that's likely jolson's best film. instead of blackface, he gets a black sidekick and terrific songs by rodgers and hart. the film flopped perhaps because people couldn't stomach one of the richest men in hollywood singing of the joys of vagrancy at the height of the depression, but it's still charming and a great display of jolson's talent. btw, the description here is for a different film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021829/) by mervyn leroy

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

al jolson disowned his work in this film and, as a result, a lot of people like to say it's a bomb. it isn't. it's a risk taking film musical that needed a lighter touch than lewis milestone's. and, this may be the dancer in me, but it needed a dance number or two. it's got a great cast supporting jolson and a fun theme song. plus richard rodgers makes a cameo appearance.

darryl clark

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