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Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 26 May 1934 (USA)
Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.

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Rush Blake
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Buddy Clayton
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Peggy Cornell
The Mills Brothers ...
The Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Bros.)
Ted Fio Rito and His Band ...
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Pete
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Chester A. Sharpe
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Herbert Brokman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Joan Wheeler ...
Marge
Henry O'Neill ...
Lemuel Tappan
Johnny Arthur ...
Norma Hanson's Secretary
The Radio Rogues ...
Three Mimics (as The Three Radio Rogues)
Jimmy Hollywood ...
One of the Three Radio Rogues (as Jim Hollingwood)
Eddie Bartell ...
One of the Three Radio Rogues
Henry Taylor ...
One of the Three Radio Rogues
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Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.

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Comedy | Musical

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26 May 1934 (USA)  »

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Hot Air  »

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Screenwriter Julius J. Epstein first arrived in Hollywood about 10:30 p.m. on Otctober 14, 1933 and by midnight was collaborating on the screenplay of "Twenty Million Sweethearts" as pages had to be turned in early Monday morning. See more »

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Referenced in And She Learned About Dames (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Out for No Good
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ginger Rogers
Reprised by Dick Powell and The Mills Brothers
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when radio was king
27 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a fun film, and what an education about the entertainment field, taking us back to the early '30s and the importance of radio.

Pat O'Brien has one of his wheeler-dealer roles as Russell Blake, an agent who's not delivering the great talent he's promised his boss but keeps getting pay advances nonetheless. Finally he's fired. However, at a restaurant, he hears a singing waiter, Buddy Clayton (Dick Powell) do a goofy "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" and brings him to the attention of the radio station. Reluctantly, his boss (Joseph Cawthorne) gives Buddy an audition - and is immediately sorry. Admittedly it's hard to hear Buddy's real voice singing the Flying Trapeze song.

Eventually, however, everyone hears Buddy sing and a radio show sponsor wants him. The current singer, Peggy Cornell (Ginger Rogers) clicks with Buddy, which makes for complications.

The score by Dubin and Warren is very good, as well as other songs, and there are performances by the Mills Brothers, bandleader Ted Fio Rito, Ginger Rogers, and The Radio Rogues.

The versatile Dick Powell had a beautiful tenor voice, showcased here, and Rogers is delightful. They made a cute couple. Besides his in front of the camera talent, Powell was a very astute businessman and had a keen eye for talent himself. During his career, he acted, produced, directed, and was responsible for giving Aaron Spelling and Sam Peckinpah their starts. Rogers of course would go on to do her films with Astaire.

Fun film, some good music, loved the cast.


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