Hallelujah I'm a Bum (Happy Go Lucky) (Lazy Bones) (The Heart of New York)
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Hallelujah I'm a Bum (Happy Go Lucky) (Lazy Bones) (The Heart of New York)
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 "regular" beau, mayor Frank Morgan. When she regains her memory she heads… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A whimsical, offbeat and somewhat original Depression-era musical comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A very strange, pre-code, quasi-musical with a socialist message and a talking performance by silent comic Harry Langdon."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Jolson's best acting; great Rodgers & Hart score; quirky rhymed dialogue"
‑ Steve Crum, 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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)