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Something to Sing About (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 30 September 1937 (USA)
A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
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Hank Meyers
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Bennett O. 'B.O.' Regan
Philip Ahn ...
Ito
Marek Windheim ...
Mr. Farney
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Mr. Easton
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Mr. Daviani (as John Arthur)
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Mr. Richards (as William Davidson)
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Mr. Blaine
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Miss Amy Robbins
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Jimmy - Band Member
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Pinky - Band Pianist
Cully Richards ...
Cully - Band Member
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Storyline

Popular New York band leader Terry Rooney (Cagney) is offered a lucrative film contract out in Hollywood. Rooney and his soon-to-be wife pack up and head for California. Upon arriving, they meet Mr. Regan, the head of the studio, who believes that Rooney's true lack of desire for stardom is arrogance on the band leader's part. When his first film is huge success and a hit for the studio, Regan tries to hide the truth from Rooney. Feeling a need to get away from Hollywood, Rooney takes his wife on a South Seas honeymoon cruise, only to return to the real truth of his fame. Written by SindyMac

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Comedy | Musical

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30 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battling Hoofer  »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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| (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its first telecast Wednesday 10 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

Goofs

Rita is in New York when she reads of Terry's supposed relationship with Steffie on the front page of the "Express" newspaper. Meanwhile in Hollywood, Terry learns of the false rumours in exactly the same way, from the exact front page of an identical "Express" newspaper. Props used the same newspaper for both coasts. Highly unlikely. See more »

Quotes

Rita Wyatt: [laying down winning cards] You now owe me 129 million dollars.
Terrence 'Terry'; Rooney: A mere bagatelle.
Rita Wyatt: I'll settle for a box of candy.
Terrence 'Terry'; Rooney: You'll take chewing gum and like it.
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Connections

References The Shadow Strikes (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Right or Wrong
(uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Played by the band and Sung by Evelyn Daw
Reprised by Evelyn Daw at the nightclub
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but not for the accountant
20 March 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This very well produced film from Grand National was it's downfall.

Costing $900k in 1937 to produce (3 times more than 42nd Street or a quarter of Gone With The Wind) it never recovered its costs and sank the studio. A mini major wannabe of its day, it grew from the reshuffle in 1934 that saw Monogram, Liberty, Mascot and Majestic studios all become Republic. Tiffany studios had gone dark about 1932 and Grand National reopened that lot in 1935 amid the talent and exec merry go round of forming and shedding.

A Warners squabble saw Cagney suspended so he walked to Grand National who much have thought they had won the talent lottery. To create industry credibility in their production values for any Cagney film, they had to spend big, and GREAT GUY in 1936 worked. But in 1937 their swing musical based loosely on their own studio tales (and lot) cost far too much and the loss by 1938 shortened their schedule and they went dark. Most jumped ship to re-formed Monogram Pictures and series films like the Shadow and Renfrew Of the Mounted Police had a new life there. Grand National had big hopes and plans and it is a huge shame they did not continue. It is a fascinating true story of ambition and crash and should be a film in itself. SOMETHING has been available in Australia on tape and DVD for years and is widely available here..like a lot of weird and small RKO titles. Lucky us and lucky you if you can find them. Grand national was a good outfit. The opening and closing nightclub scenes in this film are really smart and quite elaborate. There's even a BIG-like keyboard dance solo. And that Logo! Wow!


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