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Born to Sing (1942)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Musical | 18 February 1942 (USA)
Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested ... See full summary »

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(story) (as Franz G. Springer), (screenplay) (as Franz G. Springer) | 1 more credit »
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Ray McDonald ...
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Douglas McPhail ...
Murray Saunders
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'Grunt'
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Pete Detroit
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Frank Eastman
Larry Nunn ...
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Mrs. E. V. Lawson
Beverly Hudson ...
Maggie Cooper
Richard Hall ...
Mozart Cooper
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'Quiz Kid'
Joe Yule ...
Ed Collera
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Arthur Cartwright
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'Eight-Ball'
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Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested for extortion, of which they are innocent. Luckily, they are in the same paddy wagon as Pete and when his gang springs Pete, the boys are sprung. The only way that they can prove now that the songs are Frank's is to put on a show before Cartwright show 'Melody for You' opens. The boys and Patsy find a theater, paint the scenery and put all the kids in the neighborhood to work on the show. Pete Detroit makes sure that Cartwright's show does not open on the same night and that his cabs bring in an audience. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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"All we need is a theatre...a singer...and an audience" (original lobby card) See more »

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Action | Crime | Musical

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18 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Mocidade do Barulho  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Thursday 30 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Philadelphia Monday 10 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in San Francisco 23 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); its earliest documented telecast in New York City took place 9 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Two A. M.
Written by Earl K. Brent
Sung by Virginia Weidler and Ray McDonald
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Great film!
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous comment. The film was quite entertaining. My sister and I laughed through much of it. It may not have been a Mickey and Judy "Let's put on a show!" but I think it was just as good. I only found one fault with it. The finale with Douglas McPhail was completely out of place. It just doesn't fit in this movie. McPhail had no other part in the movie except to sing this piece, which he was well chosen for (He has a nice baritone voice). It just didn't belong in this film. It brought down the light and fun atmosphere and made us long for the end. The better points were Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Larry Nunn and Leo Gorcey. And of course the kid who played the piano; he's amazing! Weidler grew into a lovely young lady and it's a shame she's not in more of the movie. It's nice to see McDonald in a leading role instead of a sidekick. Larry Nunn was very funny as the kid obsessed with suits, he had some great lines on that subject. I especially enjoyed the number with McDonald and Weidler towards the end. It was stuck in my head long after seeing the film. Definitely recommended for a light comedy, but you might want to turn it off right before the finale.


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