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The Singing Kid (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 11 April 1936 (USA)
Singing star loses his voice, recuperates in the country, meets aspiring playwright and her daughter.

Directors:

William Keighley, Busby Berkeley (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Lord (story), Warren Duff | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Jolson ... Al Jackson
Sybil Jason ... Sybil Haines
Beverly Roberts ... Ruth Haines
Edward Everett Horton ... Davenport Rogers
Lyle Talbot ... Robert 'Bob' Carey
Allen Jenkins ... Joe Eddy
Claire Dodd ... Dana Lawrence
Jack Durant ... Babe
Frank Mitchell ... Dope
Wini Shaw ... Blackface Singer (as Winifred Shaw)
Joe King ... Dr. May (as Joseph King)
William B. Davidson ... Barney Hammond (as Wm. Davidson)
Cab Calloway ... Cotton Club Band Leader
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ... Cotton Club Orchestra
The Yacht Club Boys The Yacht Club Boys ... Singing Quartette
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Singing star loses his voice, recuperates in the country, meets aspiring playwright and her daughter.

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canta e Serás Feliz See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in I Love to Singa (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Al Jolson in the opening medley
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Al Jolson Loves To Singa
4 July 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

Many fans remember the classic WB cartoon I LOVE TO SINGA. Yet most are unaware that the song came from a WB feature that was released the same year titled THE SINGING KID.

It's a typical WB musical, although there aren't really any lavish musical numbers like those in the Goldiggers musicals. There's also more of a story going on as well. Al Jolson more or less plays himself in the role Al Jackson. He has to take a break from singing after losing his voice.

Cab Calloway collaborates on stage with Al several times throughout the picture. The song I Love To Singa is the recurring theme song throughout, but there are many other catchy numbers.

Since Jolson performed in blackface, there are several politically incorrect scenes and gags involving blackface that have no doubt kept this film out of general circulation for many years, outside of possible TCM airings. While this type of imagery was still common in society at the time, a few of the scenes are still very tasteless.

Aside from the occasional dated and racially insensitive moments, this a pretty enjoyable picture. Worth seeing for the I Love To Singa number.


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