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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.



(story "So You Won't Sing, Eh?"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Annie Snodgrass
Adam Frink - Producer
T. Fenny Sylvester
Toots McGuire
Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh ...
Junker - Hood
Butch - Hood
Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith ...
Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
Miss Fishbeck - Little Theatre Stage Director
Mr. Gregory - Leading Man in Show


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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Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canto Chorado  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A modern source lists Florence Roberts in the cast, but she was not seen in the movie. See more »


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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Ach Du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768)
Traditional German folksong
Played on piano at rehearsal
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Lame premise produces abundant amount of laughs.
9 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This down at the heels production provides a lot more laughs than a lot of star filled comedies of its day with leads brought up from the supporting ranks. Zasu Pitts, Nat Pendleton, Edward Everett Horton, Pert Kelton and Ned Sparks more or less apply the same type they excel at in other films without stars stepping in front of their shot or impeding the flow of humor with a half baked romance and for the most part carry it off nicely.

T. Fenny Sylvestor ( Pendleton) makes a good living at cracking safes and kidnapping. During a job he hear's Annie Snodgrass (Pitts) warbling a tune about mom at a rehearsal. stopping the heist dead in its tracks. He then devotes himself to putting Annie on the Broadway stage by way of intimidation.

Sing and Like It is populated with Runyonesque characters playing it broad and sober. The cast of scene stealers have the patter down right and the script by Marian Dix and Laird Doyle runs from high sarcasm (after all Ned Sparks is in the room) to subtle wit (" Look at all the diamonds I've given ya' and not a mark on ya." ) It's unfortunate both writers had brief careers given the promise displayed here.

William Seiter's direction allows for dead moments (How many times must we listen to Ms. Pitts murder the same tune?) as well as a fair share of brutal slapstick in places but overall the team of second stringers he fields all have a good game making Sing and Like It a winner.

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