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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 »

Directors:

Friz Freleng (uncredited), 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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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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Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #5956. 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

I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by various characters, including cartoon parodies of Greta Garbo, Zasu Pitts and Mae West,
ometimes with substitute lyrics
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This Merrie Melodies cartoon, I've Got to Sing a Torch Sing, is okay as short filler
10 January 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was another of the Merrie Melodies cartoons based on the songs from Gold Diggers of 1933 that is now on that movie's DVD. In this one, we see many celebrity parodies such as Bing Crosby in the bathtub (here, he's Cros Bingsby), Greta Garbo, Mae West, Ed Wynn, etc. There's plenty of movement and some amusing gags though nothing really hilarious. Still, I was entertained enough by the way the animators were trying to fill the 6-minute running time that was standard for these theatrical filler cartoons meant to fill a block program that also included one live action short, a newsreel, some trailers, and the main feature. So on that note, I've Got to Sing a Torch Song is worth a look if you're interested enough.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #1 (1933-1934 Season): I've Got to Sing a Torch Song See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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