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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
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Ralph - Band Member
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Henry - Band Member
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Pat - Band Member
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Mack - Band Member
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Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.

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While well made for a B, this film has a fatal flaw.
8 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Teddy Taylor (David Manners) is a bandleader who has yet to hit the big time. Things seem worse when his singer is unavailable and Taylor himself picks up the megaphone to sing. Surprisingly, he's a hit-- and the women love his musical stylings. Soon, with the help of a publicity man (Ken Murray), his band and the support of his girl, Judy (Ann Dvorak), he's a famous singer and everything is looking grand. However, there is one problem...Ted becomes a complete ego-maniac and is about as unpleasant as possible during his ride to the top--so unpleasant that he manages to destroy all the good will he's generated. What's next?

I agree with some of the other reviewers who wonder if this B-movie is meant as a portrait of some real bandleader. The megaphone does make Teddy seem a bit like Rudy Vallee--though with hundreds of bandleaders and crooners of the era, it's hard to determine if there is one particular target for this film. Regardless, the film has a HUGE problem--Teddy is so awful that you don't want him to succeed and when he hits bottom, you want him to stay there! In addition, the film lacks subtlety and his rise and fall are SO fast that the film seems less real than it could have been. Reasonably well made technically, but a difficult film to love because they made the guy so awful!


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