Chasing Rainbows (film)

Chasing Rainbows

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Reisner
Written by Al Boasberg
Wells Root
Kenyon Nicholson
Charles Reisner
Based on Road Show
by Robert E. Hopkins
Bess Meredyth
Starring Bessie Love
Charles King
Music by Milton Ager
Jack Yellen
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by George Hively
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
February 23, 1930
Running time
100 minutes
90 minutes (existent)
Country United States
Language English

Chasing Rainbows is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic musical film directed by Charles Reisner, starring Bessie Love and Charles King, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The supporting cast features Jack Benny, Marie Dressler, and Polly Moran.[1] This was Jack Benny's first fiction film role.

The movie introduced the song "Happy Days Are Here Again".

Plot summary

Carlie and Terry constitute a vaudeville team in a traveling musical show; also in the company are Eddie, the stage manager; Bonnie, a comedian; and Polly, the wardrobe mistress. Terry's habit of constantly falling in love with the leading lady causes him to marry Daphne, a two-timing songstress. When he finds her with another man, Eddie threatens to kill himself, but his little partner reassures him that "Happy Days Are Here Again," and the show goes on.


Film preservation

Chasing Rainbows was mostly filmed in black and white, but had two Technicolor sequences. Today those sequences are lost (originally removed for a 1931 re-release and destroyed in the Vault 7 fire), but the rest of the movie survives. It has been issued on DVD in the Warner Archive Collection. The lost sequences, with only the sound still existent on Vitaphone disks, include the "Happy Days Are Here Again" performance.[2]

See also


  1. Hall, Mordaunt (February 22, 1930). "Movie Review: Chasing Rainbows (1929)". New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  2. "Chasing Rainbows (1930)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 14, 2014.

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