Mother's Boy (1929)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Popular radio crooner Morton Downey (yes, the father of talk-show host Morton Downey Jr.) stars in this sentimental Jazz Singer wannabe. On the eve of his Broadway debut, singer Tommy O'Day (Downey) learns that his care-worn, self-sacrificing old mother (Beryl Mercer) is gravely ill. Without giving a thought as to his professional future, Tommy walks out on his show, rushes to his Ma's bedside, and sings her back to health. Our hero's career is saved when the newspapers find out about his noble, selfless act. Although Helen Chandler (of Dracula fame) plays Tommy's sweetheart in Mother's Boy, his real-life spouse at the time was Barbara Bennett, the sister of actress Constance and Joan Bennett, who appears in the much smaller role of debutante Beatrix Townleigh. Brian Donlevy makes his talkie debut as Tommy's older brother Harry in this New York-filmed musical.

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disease, love, mother, sacrifice, self-sacrifice, songwriter, stars [celebrities]