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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 ...
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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5 August 1935 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Harry Holman's Finest Hour!
5 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

SYNOPSIS: To prop up a dying Broadway show, a publicity man concocts a character called "Honest John" who returns to the theatre a wad of $10,000 cash which he "finds" in a bag on the sidewalk of a busy street in Manhattan.

COMMENT: Included as an extra on Alpha's "Cheating Blondes" DVD, this movie came as a very pleasant surprise. I looked up the credits in "The Motion Picture Guide" and was amazed to find not only that the film received a "zero" rating, but the plot described as "a cheerless venture" in which "a public relations expert and a newspaper sob sister unravel a mystery surrounding some chain letter murders." Authors Jay Robert Nash and Stanley Ralph Ross were obviously looking at or thinking of an entirely different movie. This one is actually about a Broadway show that is dying on its feet. So the public relations man (Hopton) concocts a hazardous scheme – and just how hazardous is delightfully pictured when fumbling Fatso Holman drops the bag in the gutter and it is swept along down the street – involving an honest man "finding" a lost satchel and returning it unopened to the theatre. Now everyone knows that finding an honest man in New York is front page news. Naturally, the theatre enters the fray by employing this "honest man" as a commissionaire so that curious patrons can admire this saint of saints. Screenwriter George Waggner keeps the plot running at full steam for a delightful 62 minutes. Holman has his best role ever and it's great to see Betty Blythe (the notorious "She" of She) in one of her sound movies. All in all, director Vin Moore deserves a rousing cheer!

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