Applause

Film

Time Out says

Despite being both Mamoulian's debut for the cinema and a very early talkie, this deeply affecting tale of Stella Dallas-style maternal self-sacrifice transcends its sentimental shortcomings through the fluency of direction that was to become Mamoulian's trademark. As Helen Morgan's ageing burlesque queen steadily progresses towards giving up everything - even her life - for her convent-educated daughter (Peers), Mamoulian pulls out all the stops, employing unusually mobile expressionist camerawork to convey a wealth of detail in his portrait of the seedy backstage realities of the vaudeville world. Pacy, concise and innovative, the film also benefits from a truly magnificent performance from torch-singer Morgan.

Details

Release details

Duration:
85 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Rouben Mamoulian
Screenwriter:
Garrett Fort
Cast:
Helen Morgan
Joan Peers
Fuller Mellish Jr
Henry Wadsworth
Jack Cameron
Dorothy Cumming