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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.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

John Bright, Niven Busch (as Nevin Busch) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roar of the Crowd See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

If The Little Rascals' George 'Spanky' McFarland isn't the child actor playing the son of Frank McHugh's character, Spud Connors... whose son is named Michael Connors, seen in the railway station with the line, "Hello, Joe" to Cagney... he's a dead ringer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joe Greer: You're a big man, huh? You sap! I jumped you out of a hick town garage into big time racing without any of the grief! And now you can jump back! Go on, get a car and see how far you can go. You're on your own! I'm through.
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Spoofed in The Crowd Snores (1932) See more »

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"You can't take the roar of the crowd to the bank and cash in on it."
2 August 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Enjoyable vehicle (in more ways than one) for James Cagney as a champion race car driver overprotective of his younger brother. Cagney's always fun to watch and roles like this were a dime a dozen for him. Eric Linden plays the brother and he's pretty corny but, given the time in which this was made, he doesn't stand out much. Joan Blondell is the sexy dame who sets out to seduce Linden, much to Cagney's disapproval. The lovely and underrated Ann Dvorak steals all of her scenes as the "wrong side of the tracks" girl pining after Jimmy. Great character actors Frank McHugh and Guy Kibbee add color to things. Howard Hawks directs and, as you might imagine if you're familiar with his work, he especially shines with the racing scenes. Lots of cameos from popular racing stars of the time, so I'm sure racing buffs will want to see it for that alone. It's an entertaining drama with some exceptional action scenes. It was remade by Warners just seven years later as Indianapolis Speedway, starring frequent Cagney costars Pat O'Brien and Ann Sheridan, as well as Frank McHugh in the same role he plays here. That version is OK but less gritty. It also reuses the script and even footage from this one.


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