|Directed by||Archie Mayo|
|Written by|| Charles Graham Baker |
James A. Starr
|Story by||"Leon Zuardo" (Jack L. Warner)|
|Starring|| Davey Lee |
Edward Everett Horton
|Music by||Louis Silvers|
|Cinematography||Ben F. Reynolds|
|Edited by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Sonny Boy is a 1929 film released by Warner Bros., directed by Archie Mayo, and starring Davey Lee, Edward Everett Horton, and Betty Bronson. Some of the movie was shot silent, and some was filmed in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system.
Sonny Boy's parents are in the midst of a bitter divorce when the boy's mother talks her sister into kidnapping him because she is terrified that her husband will take the boy out of the country after the divorce. The nervy sister takes the lad to the apartment of her sister's husband's lawyer who believes that she has gone away for a time. A merry mix-up ensues when he returns to the apartment with his parents in tow. To maintain appearances, the sister must pose as the lawyer's wife. Eventually she decides to take the boy and flee, but then she realizes that Sonny Boy has vanished. It seems he saw an interesting theater marquee, climbed down the fire escape, and went to the movies. The adults arrive just in time to hear a rousing rendition of the hit song "Sonny Boy".
According to Warner Bros records the film earned $838,000 domestically and $234,000 foreign.
According to silentera.com, a print of Sonny Boy exists.
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