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Sing and Like It (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1934 (USA)
A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.

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Annie Snodgrass
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Ruby
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Adam Frink - Producer
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T. Fenny Sylvester
Ned Sparks ...
Toots McGuire
Richard Carle ...
Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
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Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh ...
Junker - Hood
Stanley Fields ...
Butch - Hood
Joe Sawyer ...
Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith ...
Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
Grace Hayle ...
Miss Fishbeck - Little Theatre Stage Director
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Mr. Gregory - Leading Man in Show
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A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.

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Any girl with good strong adenoids can do the same thing!

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20 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Canto Chorado  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although the Catholic Church of Detroit placed this movie on its "to be boycotted" list in July 1934, the Production Code Administration gave it an approval certificate for its re-release in 1935, when the its Code was more rigorously enforced. See more »

Quotes

T. Fenny Sylvester: Look, I want you should kinda chaperone Miss Snodgrass.
Ruby: What for? She'd be safe on a battleship!
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Soundtracks

Your Mother
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Played during the opening credits, as background music and at the end
Sung numerous times by Zasu Pitts, twice with Roy D'Arcy
Played on piano and partially sung by Ned Sparks
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The Gentleman Says Nerts
16 November 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Very funny and endearing comedy about a gangster (Nat Pendleton) determined to make a terrible singer (Zasu Pitts) a success on the stage after hearing her sing a song about mothers. This is a fun little movie with a cast of colorful characters and some great dialogue. Nat Pendleton was one of the all-time great character actors of the 1930s and 40s. He usually played supporting parts but here he proves he can handle being the male lead quite well. Zasu Pitts, an actress whose comedy stylings are hit or miss with me, gives a terrific performance in this movie. A part like this could have easily led to overacting but she walks the line just right. The running gag about her thinking Pendleton is only helping her for sexual favors is hilarious.

What a fantastic supporting cast. There are some greats here and they really shine. Edward Everett Horton as the poor Broadway producer forced to star Zasu in his show. Ned Sparks and his trademark deanpan delivery almost steal the whole movie as Pendleton's right hand man. Pert Kelton is fun as Pendleton's sassy moll who wants to be an actress herself. The great John Qualen plays Zasu's husband and his role in the end of the film is especially funny. Special mention to Roy D'Arcy, who played Zasu's costar on the stage. Not a big name actor and his part is small but he has one of the funniest scenes in the film.

For anyone who's a fan of classic films you know how much of a treat it is to discover a hidden gem like this. About the only way you're likely to see this is on TCM whenever they show it (which isn't likely to be often). So please be on the look out for it because it's worth it believe me.


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