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Crooner (1932)

 -  Comedy  -  20 August 1932 (USA)
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Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.

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Cast

Cast overview:
David Manners ...
Ted 'Teddy' Taylor
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Judith 'Judy' Mason
Ken Murray ...
Peter Sturgis
J. Carrol Naish ...
Nick Meyer (as J. Carroll Naish)
Guy Kibbee ...
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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A Glória do Jazz  »

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Banking on the Weather
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Music by Sammy Fain
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Don't Tell Anyone It's a Musical
21 January 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Musicals were wildly unpopular at this point in Hollywood, following a surfeit of leaden-camera efforts in 1929-1930, and until 1933's one-two punch of 42nd STREET and GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 opened up the visual fantasy of the genre.

So this Warner's story of the rise and fall of a crooner and his college-band buddies is a musical, but it is set very clearly in reality, with a Warner's small-guy-against-the-world story. The effort is well directed, as you would expect, by Lloyd Bacon; the cinematography by Robert Kurrle -- he would die later in the year -- is constantly interesting -- he favors tight shots with a mobile camera to maintain constant composition -- and the acting -- well, it's 75-minute Warner Brother movie so everyone speaks their snappy dialogue as fast as a hockey commentator.

As for the songs themselves, they are decent and written by the real pros of the era, including Irving Cesar and Harry Warren. None are particularly memorable, in part due to the fact that they are all crooned through a megaphone by David Manners. The best role is Ken Murray as the agent/promoter of the high-hatting Manners.

The net effect is typical Warner's fare. It's highly amusing for people who love the stuff. More than good enough for me.


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