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A Regular Trouper (1932)

Passed | | Short, Music | June 1932 (USA)
Ruth Eton (Ruth Etting), a singer with a traveling show troupe, is engaged to the troupe manager, Joe Grant (Edward Leiter), but when Ruth's younger sister, Laura (Wanda Perry) arrives, ... See full summary »

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Ruth Eton (Ruth Etting), a singer with a traveling show troupe, is engaged to the troupe manager, Joe Grant (Edward Leiter), but when Ruth's younger sister, Laura (Wanda Perry) arrives, fickle Joe transfers his attentions and intentions to her. For the sake of her sister and the show, Ruth accepts her tough break philosophically, and sings "Why Did It Have To Be Me?"...because she is a real trouper. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Broadway Brevities (1931-1932 season) #9: A Regular Trouper  »

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Why Did It Have to Be Me?
Sung by Ruth Etting
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It Didn't Have to Be You
17 October 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Ruth Eaton -- played by Ruth Etting -- is the singer in a traveling show which includes two midgets, a leg show and her sister -- played by Wanda Perry. When Ruth's boyfriend makes a play for her sister, things don't turn out well.

Ruth Etting was a great singer who made a few tries at the movies in the 1930s. In this Vitaphone short she shows her weakness as an actress, but her strengths as a singer in two songs: a bluesy number at the beginning, accompanied by the great jazz guitarist Eddie Lang. It is performed in the style of Annette Hanshaw, with whom Lang recorded many numbers; and a torch song at the end.

Although the camera-work by E.B. DuPar and the montages are flashy, they can't disguise the tiredness of the story. However, Miss Etting's singing more than makes up for that.


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