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Kid Nightingale (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Sport | 4 November 1939 (USA)
A singing waiter gets into an argument with some obnoxious customers and winds up knocking them out. The incident is witnessed by a shady boxing promoter who sees an opportunity to cash in ... See full summary »



(screen play) (as Charles Beldon), (screen play) (as Raymond Schrock) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Judy Craig
Skip Davis
Mike Jordon (as Ed Brophy)
Charles D. Brown ...
Charles Paxton
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Fitts (as Max Hoffman)
John Ridgely ...
Harry Burns ...
Strangler Colombo / Rudolfo Terrassi
Rocky Snyder - Fighter
Helen Troy ...
Marge - Paxton's Secretary
Winifred Harris ...
Mrs. Reynolds
Lee Phelps ...
Ring Announcer
Frankie Van ...
Frankie - Steve's Trainer


A singing waiter gets into an argument with some obnoxious customers and winds up knocking them out. The incident is witnessed by a shady boxing promoter who sees an opportunity to cash in and pretty soon the waiter is being promoted as "Kid Nightingale, The Singing Boxer". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Music | Sport


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Release Date:

4 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor pelea  »

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1.37 : 1
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Early in the film, a newspaper headline spells Mike's last name J-O-R-D-A-N, but on the door to his office the last name is spelled J-O-R-D-O-N. See more »


Who Told You I Cared?
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Bert Reisfeld
Lyrics by George Whiting
Played in the Diner
Sung by John Payne
Played as background music often
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John Payne and Jane Wyman during their apprentice years at Warner Bros...
23 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

JOHN PAYNE and JANE WYMAN spent their apprentice years at Warner Bros., Payne usually playing the cocky hero and Wyman the brassy blonde who gives out with the wisecracks. Here we have a boxing yarn that mixes the sport with music (Payne sings) and gangsters. The results are a mixed bag.

Payne is a singing waiter who gets into a brawl with rude customers and punches a couple of guys out. WALTER CATLETT just happens to witness his fisticuffs and presto, he's Payne's boxing manager. JANE WYMAN is a rehearsal pianist (and singer) who duets with Payne on a little ditty when they first meet, looking pert and pretty.

The plot thickens when Catlett decides to take Payne on in a deal he makes with a crooked fight promoter, promoting him as "Kid Nightingale", a guy who can belt out a song as well as a punch. Payne looks good, his sturdy physique shown off to good advantage in all the boxing scenes.

ED BROPHY does his usual hot-tempered, fast talking bit as a fight manager living on bicarbonate of soda, but it's John Payne's film. He gets to sing bits of operatic arias as well as the usual tin pan alley songs as a fighter who sets female hearts aflutter when he finishes each boxing bout with a song.

It's formula stuff but it's entertaining and amusing, with a brief running time. Wyman is pretty much wasted but Payne is delightful in a winning role, perfectly suited to the role of a waiter who becomes a heavyweight contender with fixed fights and a gimmick.

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