Happy Days

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  • Genre(s): Musical
  • Release year: 1930
  • Running time: 80 min
Happy Days is a 1929 American Pre-Code musical film, notable for being the first feature film shown entirely in widescreen anywhere in the world, filmed in the Fox Grandeur 70 mm process. French director Abel Gance's Napoléon (1927) had a final widescreen... read more

Happy Days is a 1929 American Pre-Code musical film, notable for being the first feature film shown entirely in widescreen anywhere in the world, filmed in the Fox Grandeur 70 mm process. French director Abel Gance's Napoléon (1927) had a final widescreen segment in what Gance called Polyvision. In 1927, Paramount released Old Ironsides with two sequences in a widescreen process called "Magnascope". In 1928, MGM released Trail of '98 in a widescreen process called "Fanthom Screen". The film features an array of stars who were contracted to William Fox's Fox Film Corporation at that time, including Marjorie White, Will Rogers, Charles Farrell, Janet Gaynor, George Jessel, El Brendel, Ann Pennington, Victor McLaglen, Dixie Lee, Edmund Lowe, and Frank Richardson. It also featured the first appearance of Betty Grable on film, aged 12, as a chorus girl, and Sir Harry Lauder's nephew, Harry Lauder II, a conductor for Fox, who was drafted into the chorus.

Original Release

02/13/1930

Cast

Charles E. Evans Colonel Billy Batcher
Marjorie White Margie
Richard Keene Dick
Stuart Erwin Jig
Martha Lee Sparks Nancy Lee
Clifford Dempsey Sheriff Benton
James J. Corbett Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
George MacFarlane Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
Janet Gaynor Janet Gaynor
Victor McLaglen Minstrel Show Performer
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ben Stoloff

Writers

Sidney Lanfield, Edwin J. Burke

Cast

Charles E. Evans Colonel Billy Batcher
Marjorie White Margie
Richard Keene Dick
Stuart Erwin Jig
Martha Lee Sparks Nancy Lee
Clifford Dempsey Sheriff Benton
James J. Corbett Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
George MacFarlane Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
Janet Gaynor Janet Gaynor
Victor McLaglen Minstrel Show Performer
El Brendel Minstrel Show Performer
William Collier Sr. End Man - Minstrel Show
Tom Patricola Minstrel Show Performer
George Jessel Minstrel Show Performer
Will Rogers Minstrel Show Performer
Edmund Lowe Minstrel Show Performer
Warner Baxter Minstrel Show Performer
Charles Farrell Charles Farrell
Dixie Lee Lead Dancer in 'Crazy Feet' number
Rex Bell Rex Bell

Producers

William Fox Producer

Editors

Clyde Carruth

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