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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
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Lemuel Tappan
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Norma Hanson's Secretary
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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 »

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Version of My Dream Is Yours (1949) See more »

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What Are Your Intentions?
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Ted Fio Rito and His Band with Fio Rito on piano
Sung by The Debutantes
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Not exactly 20 million chuckles but still lots of fun
21 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pleasant little romantic musical comedy in the tradition of 1930's Warner Brothers, minus Busby Berkeley and minus some of the rougher precode elements of some of Warner's musicals from 1933 and before.

Dick Powell plays Buddy Clayton, a singing waiter in a beer garden discovered by the slippery fast-talking talent scout Rush Blake (Pat O'Brien). Rush takes Buddy back east where he becomes a radio singing sensation and heartthrob, although it does take awhile and a few odd quirks of fate. In the meantime, Buddy has started up a romance with singer Peggy Cornell (Ginger Rogers) that is leading to the altar, but the sponsor of the radio show on which Buddy sings says that a married heartthrob is no heartthrob at all, and instructs Rush to talk the pair out of marriage. This split is at first amicable and temporary, but then Rush dreams up a publicity stunt that misfires hilariously.

The film features the music and lyrics of Warren and Dubin, the comic support of familiar Warner contract player Allen Jenkins, and the direction of Ray Enright who managed to get this one right - it's funny in all the right places without being inane.

They really put a damper on Ginger Rogers' performance this time. After playing the tough precode chorine in the earlier Berkeley musicals, here they've turned down the volume on her sauciness a couple of notches. Plus, in anticipation of the production code, the romance between Peggy and Buddy is squeaky clean. There is no taking a can opener to metal bathing suits or checking into the Honeymoon Hotel in this musical as there was the previous year.

Highly recommended as a pleasant way to spend 90 well-paced minutes.


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