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The Crowd Roars (1932)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sport | 16 April 1932 (USA)
Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

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Anne Scott
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Lee Merrick
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Edward 'Eddie' Greer
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Pop Greer
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Spud Connors
Billy Arnold ...
Billy Arnold
Leo Nomis ...
Jim
Fred Frame ...
Fred Frame
Ralph Hepburn ...
Ralph Hepburn
Wilbur Shaw ...
Wilbur Shaw
Shorty Cantlon ...
Shorty Cantlon
Mel Keneally ...
Mel Keneally
Stubby Stubblefield ...
Stubby Stubblefield
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Famous motor-racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race. He discovers his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion and during the race Joe loses his nerve when another driver his killed, leaving his brother to win. Joe's luck takes a plunge while his brother rises to height of fame. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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-Ablaze with excitement-Heart pounding romance Women never Forget!

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Action | Drama | Sport

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16 April 1932 (USA)  »

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The Roar of the Crowd  »

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The principal driver for the racing scenes was Indianapolis 500 veteran Harry Hartz. He entered the race each year from 1922-27, finishing second three times and fourth twice during that six-year span. He appears as himself in the film as well. See more »

Goofs

When Joe finds Eddie drinking with Lee and Anne, he throws Eddie and Anne out of Lee's apartment, and locks the door behind them. After he and Lee argue, he leaves in a huff and the door is no longer locked; he just opens it. See more »

Quotes

Joe Greer: A fine couple of tramps, you two!
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Well-tuned cars. Jalopy plot
3 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

James Cagney must have felt darned silly greasing up, donning goggles, climbing into a race car, and making dumb faces while a rear-projection Indy 500 played behind him. He's an ace driver, a daredevil on the track and a cocky alpha male, mistreating his unconditionally supportive girlfriend and attempting to steer his uninteresting younger brother away from a racing career. The script's practically a textbook of genre cliches, from the best buddy whose death-on-wheels gives our hero a guilt complex to the sibling rivalry that is mysteriously resolved, offscreen, in the last reel. Cagney's justifiably celebrated skill and charm can't make us care about this misogynistic, unlikeable blowhard, nor can it make his rapid descent into drink, vagrancy, and hunger (or equally rapid rise back to the Indy) credible. Howard Hawks was already making fast-paced, psychologically sound male-bonding flicks, but even he's flummoxed by the hoary melodramatics of this one. The ladies have little to do but play weepy-loyal (Ann Dvorak) and sarcastic-loyal (Joan Blondell), but they come off best.


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