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The Song of Fame (1934)

Cigarette girl Ruth Eaton is an aspiring singer who hopes her cocksure theatrical agent Dave can get her an audition with an impresario who can give her a break.


Joseph Henabery


Cyrus Wood (story), A. Dorian Otvos (story) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Etting ... Ruth Eaton
Eddie Bruce ... Dave
Arthur Donaldson ... Silvio Martinetti
Minor & Root Minor & Root ... Dance Specialty
Judy Canova ... Judy Canova
Andy Canova Andy Canova ... Andy Canova
Zeke Canova Zeke Canova ... Zeke Canova


Cigarette girl Ruth Eaton is an aspiring singer who hopes her cocksure theatrical agent Dave can get her an audition with an impresario who can give her a break.

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Release Date:

7 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #29: The Song of Fame See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Judy Canova. See more »


Majestic Showgirl #1: Say, kid, guess who's out there? Martinetti!
Majestic Showgirl #2: Who's Martinetti?
Majestic Showgirl #1: Only the big impresario!
Majestic Showgirl #2: What's an impresario?
Majestic Showgirl #1: You know, he takes people from nowhere and makes them!
Majestic Showgirl #2: Not me, dearie. I was out with one of those guys last night.
Majestic Showgirl #1: Oh, no, honey, he makes a star out of you.
Majestic Showgirl #2: That's what this guy said he'd do!
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Green Eyes
Written by Nilo Menendez
Used by Minor & Root for their first dance number
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The singing cigarette girl.
26 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ruth Etting was a star...just not in Hollywood, where she made just a few appearances. Instead, her songs were huge hits and she sold tons of records. She's best remembered today as the subject of a very fictionalized biopic, "Love Me or Leave Me". Here in "The Song of Fame" you have a rare chance to see her on film and she sings several of her big hits. Unfortunately, this short film also features the first appearance by Judy Canova and her family...and they are just godawful and I have no idea how she ever became famous. Infamous....now THAT I can understand.

The story begins with Ruth working as a singing cigarette girl in a nightclub. She hopes to be discovered and her agent swears that some big talent scout will come see her act. But to speed up the process, she and her agent plan on auditioning for the guy...whether he likes it or not!

Every time Etting was on the screen, I enjoyed it. She had a lovely voice and my assumption is that she didn't become a screen star because she was a bit old here--nearly 40. It's a shame, but 38 was considered old for leading ladies back in the day...and perhaps things haven't changed that much.

On the other hand, I have no idea why they put the Canova family in this short. Their style is the complete opposite of Etting's. Ruth was classy and smooth...and Judy was anything but either! Unless you've heard her sing, you probably think I am exaggerating but I think she's about the most annoying singer of the 1930s and 40s....and a terrible complement to Etting.

Overall, worth seeing...just do the dishes or take a bathroom break when the Canovas come on screen. They are THAT bad....but the rest is quite lovely.

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