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Crooner (1932)

Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (screenplay), Rian James (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Manners ... Ted 'Teddy' Taylor
Ann Dvorak ... Judith 'Judy' Mason
Ken Murray ... Peter Sturgis
J. Carrol Naish ... Nick Meyer (as J. Carroll Naish)
Guy Kibbee ... Mike the Drunk with Megaphone
Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Constance Brown
Allen Vincent ... Ralph - Band Member
Edward J. Nugent ... Henry - Band Member
William Janney ... Pat - Band Member
Teddy Joyce Teddy Joyce ... Mack - Band Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise De Friese Louise De Friese
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Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Glória do Jazz See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Three's a Crowd
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin and Irving Kahal
Performed by David Manners and band
Copyright 1932 by M. Witmark & Sons
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Harmless semi musical or veiled expose?
3 February 2010 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Teddy Taylor (David Manners) leads a struggling band looking for a big break. That break comes through serendipity when a drunk (Guy Kibbee) dances past the band stand and mockingly hands him a megaphone to project. In no time he's "making the charts and the girls are tearing him apart." With overnight success Teddy's demeanor goes from team player to prima donna causing a huge rift between him band members, agent and girl friend (Ann Dvorak).

Crooner is a rather benign story about the pitfalls of instant stardom and the virtues of humility. The handsome Manners is surprisingly effective in the transitioning and there's some light comedy and catchy tunes to keep one's attention. Still, I can't help but wonder if this is a veiled attempt to expose the out of control ego of one of the day's big time crooners. The megaphone prop would suggest Rudy Vallee but it was no secret back then that Bing Crosby dumped his back up band and went on to solo super-stardom.


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