The character of "Rocky Kramer," played by Gerald Mohr, is based on Louis Lepke, founder of Murder, Incorporated, a crime ring of killers who committed murders by contract. Lepke and Cantor grew up together in the same neighborhood. See more »
The film has someone calling him "Eddie" when he was 13. Cantor, whose real name was Israel Iskovitz, didn't change his name to Eddie Cantor until he was 21. See more »
The story of Eddie Cantor with plenty put in and taken out by 1950's Hollywood standards. Here Eddie grows up in a tough part of New York City, living with his grandmother. He catches a break when he wins a local amateur contest and gets a part with a group of young performers in a traveling show. When he grows out of the role, he marries his girlfriend Ida and struggles in getting new parts. Pal Jimmy Durante gives him a break in a show out in Los Angeles and leaves Ida pregnant with his first (of five) daughters. He comes back from LA and manages to get a part in a Ziegfeld show and his career takes off despite the loss of his grandmother and the strain it puts on his and Ida's marriage.
Plenty of liberties were taken with Cantor's life here, but the film is entertaining. Brasselle looks like Cantor but his performance isn't acting, its more on the line of an imitation. The fact that Cantor dubbed in all of the singing and the cameo by Eddie and Ida at the end of the movie are nice touches. It would have been nice to make more of Eddie's charitable work rather than condense it to 3 minutes at the end.
Like I said, a good film, but one I would have liked to enjoy more.
Rating 5 out of 10.
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