The Song of Love (1929)

Genres - Musical  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although forgotten today, Broadway chanteuse Belle Baker was important enough for Columbia Pictures to herald her much anticipated screen debut as "An event as important as the coming of sound," The frumpish Miss Baker slimmed down a bit for the occasion and was filmed as glamorously as possible by the little studio's ace cameraman Joseph Walker. A typical backstage melodrama, The Song of Love presented Baker and Ralph Graves as a married vaudeville act. She, however, retires to raise their son (David Durand and Graves falls prey to a predatory vamp (Eunice Quedens). Baker, meanwhile, scores with a hit song and little David works overtime to reunite his parents. Although the plot was as creaky as they came, The Song of Love was saved by Baker's contralto voice in such numbers as Bernie Grossman's torchy I'll Still Go On Wanting You and the bouncy I'm Walking With the Moonbeams (Talking to the Stars) by Mack Gordon, Max Rich and Maurice Abrahams. Aside from its leading lady, The Song of Love also proved the screen debut of Miss Quedens, who is better remembered today as the quick-witted Eve Arden, and marked the Columbia debut of sound-technician and future Three Stooges director Edward Bernds.

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alcoholism, dysfunctional, extramarital-affair, family, love-triangle, vaudeville