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Sing and Like It (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1934 (USA)
A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Aben Kandel (story "So You Won't Sing, Eh?"), Marion Dix (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Annie Snodgrass
Pert Kelton ... Ruby
Edward Everett Horton ... Adam Frink - Producer
Nat Pendleton ... T. Fenny Sylvester
Ned Sparks ... Toots McGuire
Richard Carle ... Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
John Qualen ... Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Junker - Hood
Stanley Fields ... Butch - Hood
Joe Sawyer ... Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
Grace Hayle ... Miss Fishbeck - Little Theatre Stage Director
Roy D'Arcy ... Mr. Gregory - Leading Man in Show
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A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.

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Any girl with good strong adenoids can do the same thing!

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canto Chorado See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to TCM's Ben Mankiewicz, Woody Allen drew significant inspiration for this film for his "Bullets Over Broadway". See more »

Quotes

Ruby: Rummage around, see if you can find yourself in those things and we'll get at this bath.
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Soundtracks

Hearts and Flowers
(1893)
Music by 'Theodore Moses Tobani'
Lyrics by 'Mary D. Brine'
Partially played on piano by 'Ned Sparks'
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Cute stuff
31 January 2005 | by 75grouchoSee all my reviews

Sorta like "Bullets Over Broadway" -- A gangster forces a stage producer to use a star who can't sing for a damn. The gangster (Nat Pendleton, as a kidnapping-for-ransom specialist) gets weepy whenever he hears ZaSu Pitts warble "Mother". Everyone else cringes but whatever he says goes. So producer Edward Everett Horton is stuck putting together a show around the spectacularly off-key Pitts. But how can the gang make sure it's a hit? Sour-faced Ned Sparks will twist as many arms as necessary....

The plot's nothing special, but it's got a roll call of great character actors, like Sparks, Horton, Pendleton, John Qualen, and at the top of the cast, ZaSu Pitts. Pleasant escapism.


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