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Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 26 May 1934 (USA)
Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.


Ray Enright


Warren Duff (screen play), Harry Sauber (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Rush Blake
Dick Powell ... Buddy Clayton
Ginger Rogers ... Peggy Cornell
The Mills Brothers ... The Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Bros.)
Donald Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
John Mills John Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Ted Fio Rito Ted Fio Rito ... Ted Fio Rito - Band Leader
Ted Fio Rito and His Band Ted Fio Rito and His Band ... Ted Rio Rita and His Orchestra
Allen Jenkins ... Pete
Grant Mitchell ... Chester A. Sharpe
Joseph Cawthorn ... Herbert Brokman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Joan Wheeler Joan Wheeler ... Marge
Henry O'Neill ... Lemuel Tappan


Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.

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Reigning favorites of the air combine with bright stars of the screen to bring you a song-studded star-spangled, gag-filled extravaganza of love and laughter! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

26 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Air See more »

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First National Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Screenwriter Julius J. Epstein first arrived in Hollywood about 10:30 p.m. on October 14, 1933 and by midnight was collaborating on the screenplay of "Twenty Million Sweethearts" as pages had to be turned in early Monday morning. See more »


Pete: Well, I've put all the kiddies east of the Mississippi to bed. How's rehearsal?
Peggy Cornell: Oh awful. Some yokel stood outside the rehearsal hall making and stared at me until I nearly broke me up. What have you got a summons?
Pete: No, fan mail.
Peggy Cornell: Oh. Three of them. That's two more than last week! Your public are growing up and learning to write.
Pete: Listen to this: Dear Uncle Pete. I am well. How are you? I hear you on the radio every night. Great stuff for a he man poet... Have you heard my last poem, Peggy?
Peggy Cornell: I sure...
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Not exactly 20 million chuckles but still lots of fun
21 November 2009 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

This is a pleasant little romantic musical comedy in the tradition of 1930's Warner Brothers, minus Busby Berkeley and minus some of the rougher precode elements of some of Warner's musicals from 1933 and before.

Dick Powell plays Buddy Clayton, a singing waiter in a beer garden discovered by the slippery fast-talking talent scout Rush Blake (Pat O'Brien). Rush takes Buddy back east where he becomes a radio singing sensation and heartthrob, although it does take awhile and a few odd quirks of fate. In the meantime, Buddy has started up a romance with singer Peggy Cornell (Ginger Rogers) that is leading to the altar, but the sponsor of the radio show on which Buddy sings says that a married heartthrob is no heartthrob at all, and instructs Rush to talk the pair out of marriage. This split is at first amicable and temporary, but then Rush dreams up a publicity stunt that misfires hilariously.

The film features the music and lyrics of Warren and Dubin, the comic support of familiar Warner contract player Allen Jenkins, and the direction of Ray Enright who managed to get this one right - it's funny in all the right places without being inane.

They really put a damper on Ginger Rogers' performance this time. After playing the tough precode chorine in the earlier Berkeley musicals, here they've turned down the volume on her sauciness a couple of notches. Plus, in anticipation of the production code, the romance between Peggy and Buddy is squeaky clean. There is no taking a can opener to metal bathing suits or checking into the Honeymoon Hotel in this musical as there was the previous year.

Highly recommended as a pleasant way to spend 90 well-paced minutes.

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