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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
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Herbert Brokman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Joan Wheeler ...
Marge
Henry O'Neill ...
Lemuel Tappan
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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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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

How'm I Doin'?
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Don Redman and Lem Fowler
Sung by The Mills Brothers
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Stretching 60 into 90
9 April 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Fast-talking agent (O'Brien) promotes radio career of promising crooner (Powell) despite obstacles.

The first half is very enjoyable with a behind-the-scenes look at radio, the Mills Brothers, O'Brien's matchless chutzpah, and Powell's knockout rendition of "I'll String Along with You". Apparently, however, the screenwriters had another 30 minutes to fill, so they recycled much of the first half. The trouble is that unlike love and the old song, the plot etc. is not better "the second time around". What's really unfortunate is that the fine signature tune is repeated to the point of tedium. Too bad the film didn't quit while ahead.

Of course, watching Rogers at this career stage remains a treat even if she's more subdued than usual. While O'Brien machine guns out more words per second than a dragster spits out rpm's. His promotional drive almost amounts to a force of nature. At the same time, Powell does his tuneful tenor bit as a "Lochinvar from California" heart-throb". However, some of his facial expressions while crooning the musical's last number are borderline clownish.

All in all, the impression is of a pleasant lower-end musical whose repetitive material over- stretches a solid core of performers and a great signature tune.


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