Times Square (1929)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An early independently produced "part-talkie," this Tin Pan Alley melodrama starred future director Arthur Lubin as Benjamin Lederwitski, a serious Jewish composer turned Tin Pan Alley song-plugger under the more palatable name of "Russ Glover." An underhanded rival, Lon Roberts (played by Hollywood's favorite "drunk," Arthur Housman), steals poor Benny's potential hit tune and then accuses the songwriter of plagiarism. Benny loses his job and is reduced to banging a piano in a dive. Although tormented by this sad state of affairs, the distressed composer nevertheless finishes what an influential music publisher later considers a masterpiece. Benny's subsequent fame and fortune reunites him with his estranged father (Emile Chautard) and allows him to marry shiksa girlfriend Elaine Smith (Alice Day). Adele Buffington, a writer usually associated with B-Westerns, was obviously inspired by the The Jazz Singer (1927) but Times Square did not come anywhere close to duplicating that groundbreaking film's success and proved poverty row company Gotham Productions final release.

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estrangement, family, forbidden-love, generation-gap, love, music, prodigal-son, reconciliation