Follow Thru

For the 1929 Broadway musical, see Follow Thru (musical).
Follow Thru

Zelma O'Neal sings "I Want to Be Bad"
Directed by Laurence Schwab
Lloyd Corrigan
Produced by Laurence Schwab
Frank Mandel
Screenplay by Laurence Schwab
Lloyd Corrigan
Based on Follow Thru
(1929 Broadway musical)
by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Laurence Schwab
Starring Charles 'Buddy' Rogers
Nancy Carroll
Zelma O'Neal
Jack Haley
Eugene Pallette
Thelma Todd
Music by Lew Brown
Buddy G. DeSylva
Ray Henderson
George Marion Jr.
Richard A. Whiting
Richard Rodgers
Lorenz Hart
Ed Eliscu
Manning Sherwin
Vernon Duke
Irving Berlin.
Cinematography Henry W. Gerrard
Charles P. Boyle
Edited by Alyson Shaffer
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 27, 1930 (1930-09-27) (US)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Follow Thru is a 1930 American pre-Code musical romantic comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor.[1] It was the second all-color all-talking feature to be produced by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on the popular 1929 Broadway play of the same name by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Laurence Schwab. The play ran from January 9, 1929 to December 21, 1929; running for 401 performances. Jack Haley and Zelma O'Neal, who starred in the original musical play, reprised their roles for the film version.

The film is one of dozens of musicals made in 1929 and 1930 following the advent of sound, and one of several to feature color cinematography. However, many of these films have been lost or destroyed by the original studios. The "original camera negative" of Follow Thru survives in its entirety and in excellent condition.[2] It has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[3]




The film was shot in Los Angeles. The extras who appear in golf course scenes had to be coached with regards to golf etiquette (when to applaud a strike, etc.). About two hundred extras were used for the climactic golf championship sequence.[4]


For a long time, the film was believed to be lost, but a print was found in the 1990s and it was carefully restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

See also


  1. Ben Sachs (July 1, 2015). "Northwest Chicago Film Society salutes the dawn of Technicolor with a racy musical about golf". Chicago Reader. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  2. "Follow Thru on Our New Season". Northwest Chicago Film Society. June 11, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  3. "Feature Films Preserved by UCLA". UCLA Film and Television Archive. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  4. "Charles Rogers At State, Follow Thru". Reading Eagle. October 19, 1930. p. 16.
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