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The Crowd Roars (1932)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 16 April 1932 (USA)
Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.


Howard Hawks


John Bright, Niven Busch (as Nevin Busch) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Joe Greer
Joan Blondell ... Anne Scott
Ann Dvorak ... Lee Merrick
Eric Linden ... Edward 'Eddie' Greer
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Greer
Frank McHugh ... Spud Connors
Billy Arnold Billy Arnold ... Billy Arnold
Leo Nomis Leo Nomis ... Jim
Fred Frame Fred Frame ... Fred Frame
Ralph Hepburn Ralph Hepburn ... Ralph Hepburn
Wilbur Shaw Wilbur Shaw ... Wilbur Shaw
Shorty Cantlon Shorty Cantlon ... Shorty Cantlon
Mel Keneally Mel Keneally ... Mel Keneally
Stubby Stubblefield Stubby Stubblefield ... Stubby Stubblefield


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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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-Ablaze with excitement-Heart pounding romance Women never Forget!


Action | Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


Frank McHugh plays the same character in the remake titled Indianapolis Speedway (1939). The remake even uses footage of McHugh from the first film to save on production expenses. See more »


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 »


Spud Connors: 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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Remade as Indianapolis Speedway (1939) See more »

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The Crowd's Bored
4 September 2020 | by guswhovianSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

16 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roar of the Crowd See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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