Release dateFebruary 10, 1929 (1929-02-10) (U.S.) WriterRandolph Bartlett (titles), Paul Gangelin Initial releaseJanuary 6, 1929 (New York City) Music directorJosiah Zuro, Amedeo De Filippi ScreenplayPaul Gangelin, Randolph Bartlett CastJoel McCrea (Todd Sayles), Douglas Fairbanks - Jr (Steve Maxwell), Marceline Day (Sue Randall), Henry B Walthall (Mr Maxwell), Myrtle Stedman (Mrs Maxwell) Similar moviesRelated Lynn Shores movies
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The Jazz Age (1929) is a film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Marceline Day, and Joel McCrea in his first leading role. The film, directed by Leslie Shores and written by Randolph Bartlett, was released by RKO Radio Pictures soon after RKO was created from Film Booking Offices of America (FBO), RCA, and the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain.
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Steve Maxwell (Fairbanks) and Sue Randall (Day), during an escapade, wreck one of her father's streetcars. The elder Randall uses this incident to stop the elder Maxwell (Walthall) from opposing Randall's illegal contract with the city. When Steve tells all to the city council, Mr. Randall (Ratcliffe) threatens Steve with arrest, Sue admits her culpability, and announces her intentions of marrying Steve.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. ... Steve Maxwell
Marceline Day ... Sue Randall
Henry B. Walthall ... Mr. Maxwell (billed as H. B. Walthall)
Myrtle Stedman ... Mrs. Maxwell
Gertrude Messinger ... Marjorie
Joel McCrea ... Todd Sayles
William Bechtel ... Mr. Sayles
E. J. Ratcliffe ... Mr. Randall
Ione Holmes ... Ellen McBride
Edgar Dearing ... Motor Cop
The film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation.
RKO released The Jazz Age in both a silent and part-talkie version, so the film could be shown in theaters equipped for sound, and for those not equipped for sound. The part-talkie version was recorded in RCA Photophone.
There was a later documentary film produced by NBC News Project 20, narrated by Fred Allen also titled The Jazz Age (1956), and a 15-episode TV series of the same name on the BBC (1968). Both the IMDB and TCM websites, for the 1929 film, show the 1956 film as available on DVD for purchase. No info is given about the availability of the 1929 title.