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I've Got to Sing a Torch Song (1933)

A series of celebrity sketches set at a radio station. Some unorthodox calisthenics (including corset tightening, cradle rocking, and stock ticker reading) start the action. Bing Crosby (OK... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Palmer (uncredited)

Star:

Sara Berner
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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Greta Garbo / Zasu Pitts / Mae West (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A series of celebrity sketches set at a radio station. Some unorthodox calisthenics (including corset tightening, cradle rocking, and stock ticker reading) start the action. Bing Crosby (OK, Cros Bingsby according to the sign) sings from his bathtub to adoring women. A quick world tour shows us the Shanghai Police trying hard to sleep on the job, a cannibal tuning in a cooking show, an Eskimo hooking a whale, and a sultan changing the station from belly dancing music to Amos and Andy. A safe-cracker has an unexpected twist on the title song. He's followed up by Greta Garbo, Zasu Pitts, and Mae West. Throughout, Ed Wynn keeps announcing that it's 8 o'clock. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1933 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Merrie Melodies cartoon to feature a new opening theme song, "I Think You're Ducky", written by Charles Tobias, Gerald Marks, and Sidney Clare. See more »

Crazy Credits

An animated version of Greta Garbo says "That's All, Folks!" at the closing. See more »

Alternate Versions

This cartoon was shown in an alternate version on the Nickelodeon network: The scenes with the Shanghai police and African cannibal were cut. Also, the soundtrack of the program on the sultan's radio was changed from "Amos and Andy" to straightforward music. See more »

Connections

References Blonde Crazy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Shadow Waltz
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
One of songs heard on radio
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Pretty Funny But More For Folks Who Knew The '30s
27 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

They didn't have videos way back in the 1930s, and they didn't have television, either. However, you can still do aerobics from a voice on the radio encouraging and instructing you. That's what we see in the opening minutes as people of all ages are seen exercising in unique and clever ways. One guys is doing pulleys from the girdle on his fat wife! An old rich guy is doing arm exercises while reading ticker tape on the stock market quotations. There are a lot of these type of things, all in a short space of time.

Then the story, if you want to call it that, switches from aerobics to celebrities as we see movie stars and others on the radio and people listening to it from all over the globe, from Shanghai to Alaska. Some of the celebrities I couldn't recognize, making this a cartoon more for folks back in the that era.

This cartoon was a showcase by Warner Brothers for some of its stars and the title song comes from "Gold Diggers Of 1933," one of their films.


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