Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.

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David Manners ...
Ted 'Teddy' Taylor
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Judith 'Judy' Mason
Ken Murray ...
Peter Sturgis
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Nick Meyer (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Mike the Drunk with Megaphone
Claire Dodd ...
Mrs. Constance Brown
Allen Vincent ...
Ralph - Band Member
Edward J. Nugent ...
Henry - Band Member
William Janney ...
Pat - Band Member
Teddy Joyce ...
Mack - Band Member
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Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.

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20 August 1932 (USA)  »

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You're Just a Beautiful Melody of Love
(uncredited)
Written by Bing Crosby and Babe Goldberg
Performed by David Manners and band before the fight at the nightclub
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a band leader starts singing, and it goes to his head
5 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Crooner" is a 1932 film starring David Manners, Ann Dvorak, and Ken Murray.

Manners plays a band leader Teddy Taylor whose singer becomes ill before a performance, so he has to take over. He has a voice the size of a mosquito, so someone hands him a megaphone, and a star is born. His girlfriend (Ann Dvorak) brings a publicist (Murray) to hear him, and Murray signs him, promising Teddy and the band big money. He actually doesn't like Ted's voice, but when he sees how the women fawn all over him, he decides he can take him to the top.

Ted becomes successful and becomes a major jerk, two-timing his girlfriend, refusing to conduct the music at a tempo people can dance to, and demeaning the band.

It's an okay comedy/drama, but the only really comedic part is when Ted is taking voice lessons. I actually didn't find Ted's voice so awful as some other people on this board is - I've heard worse, except when he goes crazy singing high notes for his teacher.

This film apparently was a big success for Manners, who had played standard leading men up to then. He was attractive (and related to Princess Diana on his mother's side), but he didn't stay in films long, preferring writing and painting.

Ann Dvorak turns in her usual good performance, as a sweet, patient woman who becomes fed up.

This film may be the veiled story of Rudy Vallee or perhaps even Bing Crosby -- an egotistical crooner. I imagine both would fit the profile.


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