Review: ‘Sunny Side Up’

Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson have turned out an average Cinderella story for Janet Gaynor, and she plays it. And sings it. David Butler in direction does so well by Gaynor that you even believe she has a voice.

Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson have turned out an average Cinderella story for Janet Gaynor, and she plays it. And sings it. David Butler in direction does so well by Gaynor that you even believe she has a voice.

The ace songsters pile up likeable songs so fast they have to be sung over again in the picture to decide which is the best. And here it’s ‘If I Had a Talking Picture of You’. But for delivery Gaynor’s ‘I’m a Dreamer – Aren’t We All?’ leads.

‘Turn on the Heat’ is a cooch by 36 gals. And what a cooch! As the hot dance proceeds, the snow melts, trees and palms grow, and all of this while 36 coochers go the limit. There’s a bit of hinted color in this scene.

Picture is one of those sidewalk of New York tales, but switches on the Cinderella end to Southampton. Plenty of comedy. Some of it by Joe Brown as an undertaker acting as m.c. for a block party on the East Side. Down at Southampton the garden party gives its affair on a stage fronted by a large lake.

Sunny Side Up

Production

Fox. Director David Butler; Screenplay David Butler, Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson; Camera Ernest Palmer, John Schmitz; Music Howard Jackson, Arthur Kay (dir)

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Janet Gaynor Charles Farrell El Brendel Marjorie White Frank Richardson Sharon Lynn
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