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Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

Passed | | 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:
Dick Powell ... Buddy Clayton
Pat O'Brien ... Rush Blake
Ginger Rogers ... Peggy Cornell
The Mills Brothers ... The Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Bros.)
Donald Mills ... Donald MIlls - Member of the Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ... Harry Mills - Member of the Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Herbert Mills - Member of the Mills Brothers
John Mills John Mills ... John Mills - Member of the Mills Brothers
Ted Fio Rito ... Ted Fio Rito - Band Leader
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra Ted Fio Rito Orchestra ... Ted Rio Rita and His Orchestra (as Ted Fio Rito and His Band)
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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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 »


Herbert Brokman: Always something to worry about!
Rush Blake: Ah, what's the beef now?
Herbert Brokman: This is a pretty fettle of kish, kettle of fish. Three million women dream about him every night and he wants to marry one girl.
Rush Blake: What about it? He can't marry the whole three million of 'em.
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Version of My Dream Is Yours (1949) See more »


Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
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Blah Warners musical
5 November 2000 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

When Lee Tracy plays a promoter who gets fired but tries to promote a nobody anyhow, that's chutzpa; when Pat O'Brien is in the role, it just seems like failure with bluster. If Tracy tried to break up the happy couple it would be playing the "game" too far, and he'd really regret it later. O'Brien just seems like a heel, and there's no sense of his remorse even when he belatedly fixes things up. RKO's similar PROFESSIONAL SWEETHEART, also with Ginger Rogers and made the year prior, is a much better, much funnier film, although even it doesn't have the timing and ensemble playing of the very best Warners films. Unfortunately, TWENTY MILLION SWEETHEARTS isn't one of the best Warners films by a long shot; it's too long, too flabby, not smartly written, and with a weaker cast than the RKO film (Cawthorne is not Ratoff). The story has Powell singing several songs more than once, and he sings them all the way through each time. And they're not great songs. The Mills Brothers are great, but their two numbers are placed back-to-back (perhaps to more easily excise them in the South). And the plot doesn't really make much sense. One has to assume that this was made LATE in 1934, after the stringent implementation of the Production Code. (But Ginger is splendid anyhow.)

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