Broadway. 1929. USA. Directed by Paul Fejos. 104 min.
The great Hungarian stylist Paul Fejos (Lonesome) received a million-dollar budget for this adaptation of George Abbott’s stage success, a backstage musical with a gangster twist. Glenn Tryon is the hapless hoofer trying to pry his girl from the clutches of a bootlegger, though the real star is the gigantic nightclub set, a Cubist hallucination that Fejos explores through the vertiginous camera movements made possible by the world’s largest camera crane. This new restoration from Universal features the long-lost Technicolor finale.