The Weirdest Hollywood Musicals: #5

'Sunny Side Up'

‘Sunny Side Up’

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Another Multicolor musical sequence now lost might just be the wackiest, most uninhibited musical number of the early talkies.  It’s the famous/infamous “Turn On the Heat” number from Sunny Side Up (1929).  This sequence has nothing to do with the main storyline, but is instead an excuse to get a bunch of gyrating chorines to writhe around, making banana-sprouting palm trees pop up from the ground.  Yes, Freud would approve.

The black and white print is a bit murky, so to grasp the full effect of “Turn On the Heat,” imagine all of this in garish shades of red and blue.

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