Applause (1929)


This early example of the “backstage” musical genre tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom’s footsteps.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian.
Stars: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., Jack Cameron, Henry Wadsworth, Roy Hargrave.


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  1. Michael
    September 18, 2018

    YouTube copy is crap. Thanks Jon for this good copy of a excellent silent film. The Applause goes to Jon

  2. Alfredo
    September 18, 2018

    Thanks Jon!! This copy you uploaded is even better than the commercial dvd !!! A masterpiece that gets the ” look ” it deserves !!!!

  3. Allan
    January 20, 2019

    A really interesting film on many levels. There are quite a few IMDB comments which identify some of the visual and sound issues in the location shots. New York City in 1929 is an additional bonus-Grand Central Station and a remarkably pristine Nassau Street Station The visuals are striking and innovative for the time. . Helen Morgan gamely put on weight for this role predating Raging Bull by over fifty years.!
    The print as others have noted is excellent. Many thanks for this

  4. Rao
    August 16, 2023

    Wish I could download it.

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