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Crooner (1932)

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

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Ted 'Teddy' Taylor
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Judith 'Judy' Mason
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Peter Sturgis
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Nick Meyer (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Mike the Drunk with Megaphone
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Mrs. Constance Brown
Allen Vincent ...
Ralph - Band Member
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Henry - Band Member
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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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In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Little and John Siras
Lyrics by Joe Young
Played and sung by the band at the beginning
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Rather routine precode most notable for its trivia and gimmicks
27 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is nothing really remarkable about the story in this one. David Manners plays Ted Taylor, saxophonist in a band that has been having a hard time finding quality gigs. Anne Dvorak plays Ted's girl, Judy Mason. When Ted's band finally gets a spot in a club of some quality, their singer falls ill. The only band member that remotely has a voice is Ted, but unfortunately he doesn't have much volume. When he gets up to sing, nobody can hear him.As a joke, a passing drunk (Guy Kibbee) gives him a megaphone and he becomes a sensation, particularly with the ladies.

Time passes, and Ted becomes a big star with his ego growing to match. The best parts of the film are the small anecdotes and scenes that accompany the main story, which is actually quite mundane. For example, after Ted's fame increases, he's singing at a club where he runs into the original drunk that gave him the megaphone. Kibbee yells up to Ted that he's the guy who gave him the megaphone that first night where he is promptly rebuffed by a now self-important Ted. Kibbee responds by saying "I'm sorry fella, I would have never have done it if I'd have known that you'd turn out like this". Kibbee seldom had starring vehicles of his own, but his antics sure could spice up a movie.

There's also a humorous scene where Ted stands up to sing and the effect on the nightclub's wash rooms is shown. In the ladies' room the place empties as the girls rush out to see Ted sing, while the mens' room becomes full of the ladies' neglected and ignored dates. At a nearby table a willowish wisp of a man says that he thinks Ted is divine, while his husky female companion barks back that she thinks he's lousy.

There is also the legend that the part of Ted was slated to be Dick Powell's first film role, and it's interesting to think how he might have done the role differently, though I think David Manners does a wonderful job with what was obviously meant to be one of Warners' B film efforts.


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