Up 38,096 this week

The Crowd Roars (1938)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama  |  5 August 1938 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 205 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 2 critic

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.



(story), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 188 titles
created 08 Jun 2011
a list of 2409 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
a list of 2566 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
list image
a list of 66 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
a list of 21 titles
created 12 Mar 2013

Related Items

Search for "The Crowd Roars" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Crowd Roars (1938)

The Crowd Roars (1938) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Crowd Roars.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Confederate veteran living in the Yankee North struggles with his son's shock induced muteness and the hate of the Northerners.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger
Kid Galahad (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemmed murderer (Grainger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple
Torrid Zone (1940)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Plagued by revolutionaries that harass his plantation in a banana republic, fruit company exec Steve Case rehires former nemesis Nick Butler to restore order and profits.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford
Mirage (1965)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it?

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On trial for murder, Larry Ballantyne regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders to other women while his rich loving wife Gretta tries to keep him in line. According... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Craig Stevens, Elisabeth Fraser, Julie Bishop
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dell kills her beautiful sister in a blind rage when she has an affair with her fiancee, and finds the husband's little daughter may have witnessed it, and then plans to kill her too.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Robert Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Lionel Barrymore


Complete credited cast:
Jim Cain
Brian McCoy
Sheila 'Shelia' Carson
William Gargan ...
Johnny Martin
'Happy' Lane
'Pug' Walsh
Charles D. Brown ...
Bill Thorne
Gene Reynolds ...
Tommy McCoy, as a boy
Pete Mariola
Mrs. Martin
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Father Patrick Ryan


A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living. Written by Ed Lorusso

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Sensational Drama . . Puts the MAN in Romance ! See more »


Action | Drama


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La foule en délire  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


According to Robert Taylor's biographers, his mother walked out in the middle of this movie, upset by all the punishment her son was apparently receiving during the boxing scenes. She asked her son why stand-ins couldn't have been used. See more »


Maureen O'Sullivan is credited onscreen as "Sheila Carson", but her car license is made out to "Shelia Carson", which is also the way she signs her name. See more »


Thomas 'Tommy': I'm gonna walk out of this racket with pearl studs and a gold cane.
See more »


Remade as Killer McCoy (1947) See more »


When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Gene Reynolds in a show
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

After All He's Got Hair On His Chest
19 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After a bunch of early films where Robert Taylor was playing both modern and costumed romantic leads, taking full advantage of his extraordinary good looks, Robert Taylor asked for some more rugged type roles. Louis B. Mayer's answer to his most cooperative of stars was to cast him first in A Yank At Oxford and then in The Crowd Roars.

In the first film, Taylor rowed crew for dear old Oxford where he was a matriculating student. But in The Crowd Roars he's even more rugged as a boxer. The role was chosen for him so he could have lots of opportunities to go bare-chested and show that in fact he's got hair on his chest. Taylor himself made that comment and back in those more innocent days it was to show he was not a powderpuff as if having follicles on your anterior was proof of that.

Overlooked in this hairy situation was the fact that Robert Taylor got a very fine role for himself as a boxer determined to make a quick buck and get out as fast as possible before becoming a punch drunk rummy. He's had poor and he's had rich and rich was better. Back when he was poor he was living hand to mouth with a near do well father, Frank Morgan, and a gentle mother who took in washing because her husband couldn't hold down a job. Taylor's mother in The Crowd Roars was played by Emma Dunn in a brief, but very telling role.

Anyway when young Gene Reynolds grows up to be Robert Taylor he's now supporting dear old dad who's still drinking and gambling. Those two habits are nearly the undoing of his son when he falls into the hands of rival gamblers Edward Arnold and Nat Pendleton. The usual bumbling oaf that Frank Morgan portrays on screen is played far more serious here. It's one of Frank Morgan's best screen roles.

Arnold has his secrets also, his daughter Maureen O'Sullivan and her ditzy friend Jane Wyman think Arnold is a stockbroker, as if that wasn't also gambling. Taylor in courting Sullivan does not disillusion her.

Look for another good performance by William Gargan as a former Light Heavyweight champion who takes an interest in young Gene Reynolds and Lionel Stander as Gargan's trainer and later Taylor's trainer.

The Crowd Roars is a fine film from MGM that went a long way in expanding Robert Taylor's range as thespian.

And we proved he had hair on his chest.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Obtaining a copy. jul-geo
Discuss The Crowd Roars (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: