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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
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Toots McGuire
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Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
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Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh ...
Junker - Hood
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Butch - Hood
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Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith ...
Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
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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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Walter Brennan appears approximately 25 minutes into the film as Zasu Pitts is singing dressed as an artist with "Whistler's Mother" in the background. As she finishes, Nat Pendleton applauds and the audience turns to stare at him. Brennan is on the right. See more »

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T. Fenny Sylvester: What the...? Gum! There's gum in the telephone. Gum in the lapels of me suits. I steps in it. I sits in it. I combs it out of me hair. The only place I don't find gum, you ain't been! Now, listen - I'm gettin' fed up. If you ain't exercisin' that pan of yours, yapping about a career, you're chewing gum! Now, get this straight - you ain't goin' on no stage! And if you get any more of that gum on me, so help me, I'll... What the...?
[Gum]
T. Fenny Sylvester: . Go on! Scram out of here before I run a temperature. I ...
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Soundtracks

Hearts and Flowers
(1893)
Music by 'Theodore Moses Tobani'
Lyrics by 'Mary D. Brine'
Partially played on piano by 'Ned Sparks'
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Delectable gangster farce
27 August 2006 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Here is a splendid example of cinema from the late pre-Code era. As is true of most pre-Code films, the biggest star is the dialogue. Witness this exchange from the first scene:

**********Ruby (Gangster's girlfriend, Pert Kelton, dressed in evening gown): I've been sittin' around this apartment so long, the maid's beginnin' to dust me off in the mornin'. **********Fenny (Gangster, Nat Pendleton): There you go, always beefing. Look at you, crawlin' with diamonds, and not a bruise on you. And still you complains! **********Ruby (chewing gum): It's the solitude that gets me. (...she says as if she just learned that word yesterday) **********Fenny: I'm here, ain't I? **********Ruby: I still say it's solitude. **********Fenny: (double-take)

Ruby does sustain a few bruises before the end of the film. The writers could have written a drama about how badly gangsters treat their women; instead, they wove their social commentary into a comedy. There is a long lead-in to the refrain of "Your Mother," and when Zasu Pitts finally sings "Mother," her delivery is hilarious. All of the actors play for laughs, and the laughs are actually intentional. The script is witty and clever, the characters are interesting and well-developed, and there is a realism and sexuality which is absent from post-1934 films. Ruby convinces convinces Annie (Zasu Pitts) to take a bath in a bedroom scene which is racy even by today's standards. It was meant to be. The studios knew the curtain was about to reign down on their party, and they went for broke in late 1933 and early 1934. (If only there were an extant print of _Convention City_.) As is often true of films from so long ago, there are splendid examples of slang which have disappeared from the vernacular. To top it off, TCM's print is flawless. If it were generally known how great some of these films are, modern sitcoms would disappear due to low ratings. Sure, this is JUST a comedy, but a superb one from Hollywood's Golden Age.


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