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The Silver Screen: The Film Career of Al Jolson

      HALLELUJAH, I'M A BUM, 1933   

"Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, " a musical comedy, was first released on February 3, 1933. Subsequently, it was re-released under such titles as "The Heart of New York."

In this film, Al Jolson plays a New York tramp named "Bumper." It deals whimsically and satirically with the life of a hobo, of which there were a good number during these Depression years. Here he rescues a woman who wants to commit suicide; she happens to have amnesia and be the girlfriend of the mayor.

The music and lyrics for the film were written by Rodgers and Heart and includes such songs as "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" and "You Are Too Beautiful."
















This exhibition was made possible in part with the cooperation of the International Al Jolson Society.


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