Big Boy (1930)

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Gus, the trusty family retainer, has hopes of riding his boss' horse, Big Boy, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.


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8 December 2003 | aciolino
No, HERE'S the deal...
Al Jolson attempted to re-create his hugely successful Broadway show by making this film. Unfortunately, Jolson on film is a pale ghost compared to entertainer referred to as the "World's Greatest." On Broadway in "Big Boy" Al Jolson received what are to this day, the greatest reviews a Broadway stage performer has ever garnered. (see, Herbert Goldman, "The Legend Comes to Life") All who saw him perform knew that Jolson did not work on film, and Jolson knew it himself - - he simply could not put across on film his electrifying and magnetic stage persona through celluloid. Thus his screen performances are stiff and wooden. The media was completely wrong for him. In this film we see only glimpses of what audiences saw on the stage: an extraordinary comedian, singer and "presence." It must, unfortunately, fail to deliver. But it is worth seeing as one might want to see a still photograph of a lost work of art, or magnificent edifice.

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