GenreComedy, Musical Duration CountryUnited States
WriterLloyd Corrigan, Frank Mandel, Laurence Schwab Release dateSeptember 27, 1930 (1930-09-27) Music directorBuddy De Sylva, Ray Henderson, Lew Brown CastCharles 'Buddy' Rogers (Jerry Downes), Nancy Carroll (Lora Moore), Jack Haley (Jack Martin), Zelma O'Neal (Angie Howard), Eugene Pallette (J.C. Effingham), Thelma Todd (Mrs. Van Horn) Similar moviesSweet Kitty Bellairs (1930), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Manhattan Parade (1931), Children of Pleasure (1930), Thelma Todd appears in Follow Thru and Bottoms Up
Follow thru 1930
Follow Thru is a 1930 American pre-Code musical romantic comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was the second all-color all-talking feature to be produced by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on the popular 1929 Broadway play of the same name by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Laurence Schwab. The play ran from January 9, 1929 to December 21, 1929; running for 401 performances. Jack Haley and Zelma O'Neal, who starred in the original musical play, reprised their roles for the film version.
The film is one of dozens of musicals made in 1929 and 1930 following the advent of sound, and one of several to feature color cinematography. However, many of these films have been lost or destroyed by the original studios. The "original camera negative" of Follow Thru survives in its entirety and in excellent condition. It has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Charles "Buddy" Rogers as Jerry Downes
Nancy Carroll as Lora Moore
Zelma O'Neal as Angie Howard
Jack Haley as Jack Martin
Eugene Pallette as J.C. Effingham
Thelma Todd as Mrs Van Horn
Claude King as Mac Moore
Kathryn Givney as Mrs Bascomb
Margaret Lee as Babs Bascomb
Don Tomkins as Dinty Moore
Albert Gran as Martin Bascomb
"A Peach of a Pair" by George Marion Jr. (lyrics), Richard A. Whiting (music)
"It Must Be You" by Elwood Eliscu and Manning Sherwin (lyrics and music)
"Then I'll Have Time for You," "I Want to be Bad" and "Button Up Your Overcoat" by Lew Brown and B. G. DeSylva (lyrics), Ray Henderson (music)
The film was shot in Los Angeles. The extras who appear in golf course scenes had to be coached with regards to golf etiquette (when to applaud a strike, etc.). About two hundred extras were used for the climactic golf championship sequence.
For a long time, the film was believed to be lost, but a print was found in the 1990s and it was carefully restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.