Famous motor-racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race. He discovers his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion and during the race Joe loses his nerve when another driver his killed, leaving his brother to win. Joe's luck takes a plunge while his brother rises to height of fame.Written by
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When Joe finds Eddie drinking with Lee and Anne, he throws Eddie and Anne out of Lee's apartment, and locks the door behind them. After he and Lee argue, he leaves in a huff and the door is no longer locked; he just opens it. See more »
That guy means a lot to you, don't he? I'm no budinski, you know me. I'm the last guy in the world to poke my nose into anyone else's business; but, I'd like to see you and Joe get together.
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Race car driver Joe Greer (James Cagney) deals with personal problems while trying to train his brother to be a driver.
The Crowd Roars is probably only of interest to racing buffs and Jimmy Cagney fans. Being one of the latter, it does feature a very good performance from Cagney as the cocksure driver who laters becomes a disillusioned bum.
Despite being second billed, Joan Blondell is given little to do as the girlfriend of Cagney's brother. Ann Dvorak gets a showy part as Cagney's long-suffering girlfriend, and, being an early 30s Warner Brothers film, Frank McHugh and Guy Kibbee have bit parts. Eric Linden is a tad annoying as Cagney's brothers.
The racing sequences are well staged by Howard Hawks, and there's a particularly nasty sequence where Frank McHugh's character is killed. Overall, it's entertaining, and doesn't overstay it's welcome.
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