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Director  Alan Crosland
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical
Language  English
Big Boy (film) movie poster
Writer  William K. Wells, Rex Taylor, Harold Atteridge
Release date  September 6, 1930 (1930-09-06)
Music director  Sam Stept, Bud Green, Alois Reiser, Rex Dunn
Screenplay  Buddy De Sylva, Rex Taylor, William K. Wells, Joseph Meyer, James P. Henley, Perry N. Vekroff
Cast  Al Jolson (Gus), Claudia Dell (Annabel), Louise Closser Hale (Mother), Lloyd Hughes (Jack), Eddie Phillips (Coley Reed), Lew Harvey (Doc Wilbur)
Similar movies  Tangled, Marnie, True Lies, Goldfinger, Crank: High Voltage, A View to a Kill

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Big Boy is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical comedy film produced by Warner Bros.. The film was directed by Alan Crosland and stars Al Jolson, Claudia Dell, Louise Closser Hale, and Noah Beery. The film is based on the 1925 Broadway hit show of the same name in which Jolson also starred.


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Al Jolson plays Gus, a loyal stable boy and jockey to a rich family in the South that has been interested in horse racing and breeding horses for generations. (In a flashback we see Jolson's grandfather, who also worked for the same family back in 1870.) The young heir of the family, Jack, loses a lot of money by gambling and is blackmailed by the crooks he lost to for forging a check. They convince Jack to ask his mother to replace Gus with another jockey for the family's racehorse, "Big Boy", but she refuses. The crooks frame Gus and he is discharged for tampering with the horse. Gus is replaced by a jockey who has been bought off to lose on purpose. Gus find works as a waiter in a fancy restaurant. While working there he uncovers the details about the race throwing plot and he reveals this to Hughes and then, with his help, outsmarts the crooks just in time to then ride "Big Boy" to victory.


  • Al Jolson as Gus
  • Claudia Dell as Annabel
  • Louise Closser Hale as Mother
  • Lloyd Hughes as Jack
  • Eddie Phillips as Coley Reed
  • Noah Beery as Bagby
  • Songs

  • Little Sunshine
  • Tomorrow Is Another Day
  • Liza Lee
  • Hooray For Baby And Me
  • Preservation

    Because of the public apathy to musicals at the time of its release, some of the musical sequences were cut from the picture before release and it was advertised strictly as a comedy picture. This domestic release print survives complete and has been released by Warner Archive on DVD. The film seems to have been released in a longer version outside the United States where there was never any backlash against musicals. It is unknown whether a copy of this full musical version still exists.


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