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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keefe Brasselle ...
Marilyn Erskine ...
Ida Tobias Cantor
Aline MacMahon ...
Grandma Esther
Arthur Franz ...
Harry Harris
Alex Gerry ...
David Tobias
Greta Granstedt ...
Rachel Tobias
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Rocky Kramer
William Forrest ...
Jackie Barnett ...
Richard Monda ...
Eddie - age 13
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Cleo Abbott
Douglas Evans ...
Leo Raymond
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Lillian Edwards
Hal March ...
Gus Edwards
Susan Odin ...
Ida - age 11
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Glória do Passado  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in Crazy Love (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! You Beautiful Doll
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by A. Seymour Brown
Sung by Eddie in Pittsburgh and St. Louis
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Poor Keefe
30 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is not a good movie. But it is leaps and bounds more entertaining than "The Jolson Story." I found Brasselle to be grotesque most of the time during the dramatic scenes. The poor guy was directed to do the bulging eyes even when he was not doing a song. That isn't true to what Eddie Cantor was. Just look at him in an interview and he never looks freakish unless he is clowning. Keefe is great in the musical numbers and actually quite believable in the dramatics. Marilyn Erskine is very fine and underrated. "She doesn't look Jewish"??? is a rather insulting comment to make. Aline McMahon is great in a role that is now completely clichéd. She approached every line with complete seriousness. It has that sort of el cheapo Warner Brothers musical look and should have been a lot shorter, but this was a sincere attempt and it really is never boring. Had the approach been original instead of trying to do a scene for scene match of other biographies of the great vaudevillians, this could have been something.


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