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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Annie Snodgrass
... Ruby
... Adam Frink - Producer
... T. Fenny Sylvester
... Toots McGuire
... Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
... Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh ... Junker - Hood
... Butch - Hood
... Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith ... Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
... Miss Fishbeck - Little Theatre Stage Director
... 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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20 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Canto Chorado  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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A modern source lists Florence Roberts in the cast, but she was not seen in the movie; another modern source identifies the Ticket Broker as Walter Brennan but it's really Phil Tead. Brennan does not appear in this film. See more »

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T. Fenny Sylvester: What the...? Gum! There's gum in the telephone. Gum in the lapels of me suits. I steps in it. I sits in it. I combs it out of me hair. The only place I don't find gum, you ain't been! Now, listen - I'm gettin' fed up. If you ain't exercisin' that pan of yours, yapping about a career, you're chewing gum! Now, get this straight - you ain't goin' on no stage! And if you get any more of that gum on me, so help me, I'll... What the...?
[Gum]
T. Fenny Sylvester: . Go on! Scram out of here before I run a temperature. I ...
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Ach Du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768)
Traditional German folksong
Played on piano at rehearsal
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Lame premise produces abundant amount of laughs.
9 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

This down at the heels production provides a lot more laughs than a lot of star filled comedies of its day with leads brought up from the supporting ranks. Zasu Pitts, Nat Pendleton, Edward Everett Horton, Pert Kelton and Ned Sparks more or less apply the same type they excel at in other films without stars stepping in front of their shot or impeding the flow of humor with a half baked romance and for the most part carry it off nicely.

T. Fenny Sylvestor ( Pendleton) makes a good living at cracking safes and kidnapping. During a job he hear's Annie Snodgrass (Pitts) warbling a tune about mom at a rehearsal. stopping the heist dead in its tracks. He then devotes himself to putting Annie on the Broadway stage by way of intimidation.

Sing and Like It is populated with Runyonesque characters playing it broad and sober. The cast of scene stealers have the patter down right and the script by Marian Dix and Laird Doyle runs from high sarcasm (after all Ned Sparks is in the room) to subtle wit (" Look at all the diamonds I've given ya' and not a mark on ya." ) It's unfortunate both writers had brief careers given the promise displayed here.

William Seiter's direction allows for dead moments (How many times must we listen to Ms. Pitts murder the same tune?) as well as a fair share of brutal slapstick in places but overall the team of second stringers he fields all have a good game making Sing and Like It a winner.


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