Chasing Rainbows (1930 film)

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Chasing Rainbows (also known as The Road Show)[3] is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic musical film directed by Charles Reisner, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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Chasing Rainbows
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Reisner
Written byAl Boasberg
Wells Root
Kenyon Nicholson
Charles Reisner
Based onRoad Show
by Robert E. Hopkins
Bess Meredyth
StarringBessie Love
Charles King
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byGeorge Hively
Music byMilton Ager
Jack Yellen
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 23, 1930 (1930-02-23) (U.S.)
Running time
106 minutes (complete but lost)[1]
90 minutes (extant)
85 minutes (TCM print)
CountryUnited States
Box office$700,000[2] (equivalent to $11,400,000 in 2021)

The film reunites The Broadway Melody stars Bessie Love and Charles King, with a supporting cast of Jack Benny, Marie Dressler, and Polly Moran.[4] This was Jack Benny's first dramatic role in a motion picture.

Filmed in July and August 1929, it was not released for months later, missing an opportunity to capitalize on the success of its song "Happy Days Are Here Again", which by then had already been a major hit.[2]