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Cheers of the Crowd (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 5 August 1935 (USA)
To draw attention to a popular show, a publicity expert hires a former carnival character, not knowing that the man is on the run from the law.



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Complete credited cast:
Lee Adams
Mary Larkin
Harry Holman ...
Honest John Brady
Blake Walton
John Quillan ...
Wade Boteler ...
Dan O'Reilly
Barney Booth (as John H. Dilson)
Betty O'Reilly
Lil Langdon Walton


To draw attention to a popular show, a publicity expert hires a former carnival character, not knowing that the man is on the run from the law.

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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Tuesday 28 March 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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After this film, you too might just be wild about Harry....
2 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Russell Hopton and Irene Ware are the top-billed stars of this Monogram comedy, the real star is Harry Holman, a minor character actor who, as Honest John, steals every scene he is in. This gregarious fat man (think Sydney Greenstreet of Poverty Row) takes over this film from the moment he pops up, playing an obvious con-man who is too dimwitted and bombastic to really be successful at being a con. He is hired for a con by Hopton to pick up a bag to turn into the police, humorously wearing an advertisement for a restaurant that went out of business six months before. Holman is hysterical wearing this awkward billboard sign trying to pick up the bag containing a lot of money, dropping it into an overly abundant stream of water going down a roadside curb, and attracting an audience (who do not go out of their way to help him!) as he tries to pick the bag up with his umbrella. "Honest John" becomes a celebrity thanks to his turning in of the loot-filled bag and when the press reveals that he is the head usher of a failing Broadway show, it is obvious that all this was a publicity gag in order to save the show from failure.

The plot ain't much, but when Holman comes on, the film exposes a huge heart underneath all its attempts to con the public. Holman is sort of a fairy godfather for the romantic intrigue surrounding him, and while threats of him being exposed as a fake are obvious, you know that everything is going to turn out all right. That stereotypical 30's film villain, Bradley Page, provides the film's conflict for the large number of characters, but he is more of a sleazy nuisance rather than a trouble-making scoundrel. Even as the third billed character, however, it is Hopton who wins the raves here, playing the type of character that Guy Kibbee had mastered at Warner Brothers in a string of fast moving programmers.

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