Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)

S.N. Behrmann and Ben Hecht wrote this unusual Depression-vintage musical in which all the dialogue is in rhyming couplets. Al Jolson stars as a hobo living in New York's Central Park, who falls in with a woman after he saves her life;… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A whimsical, offbeat and somewhat original Depression-era musical comedy.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A very strange, pre-code, quasi-musical with a socialist message and a talking performance by silent comic Harry Langdon.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Jolson's best acting; great Rodgers & Hart score; quirky rhymed dialogue

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Stella Dallas
a whimsical and progressive pre-code musical that's likely jolson's best film. instead of blackface, he gets a black sidekick and terrific songs by… More