Puttin' on the Ritz

Film, Drama
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This agonisingly stilted early musical is notable for the title number, being staged here in its original 'Negro' version ('a bevy of high-browns from the levee' - lyrics later reworked for Fred Astaire) and for Menzies' extravagant production design. One set actually gyrates in rhythm to the song. The film was planned as a star-making vehicle for Harry Richman, a popular crooner of the day. But his onscreen presence, combining the manner of Liberace and the looks of Bela Lugosi, ensured that little further was heard of him.

By: BBa

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edward H Sloman
Screenwriter: James Gleason, John W Considine Jr, William K Wells
Cast: Aileen Pringle
James Gleason
Lilyan Tashman
Joan Bennett
Harry Richman
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