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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

Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Immortal Jolson (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Swingin'est Man in Town
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Al Jolson and Cab Calloway
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Busby Berkeley was involved
31 May 2006 | by mukava991See all my reviews

Busby Berkeley actually directed at least one section of this film even though he wasn't credited. I have seen a photograph of Berkeley directing Al Jolson and Sybil Jason as they sing "You're the Cure for What Ails Me" on a lakeside dock, as well as home movies shot by composer Harold Arlen showing Berkeley clowning around at that location with Jolson, lyricist EY Harburg and others. According to Harold Arlen biographer Ed Jablonski, Berkeley choreographed the "I Love to Sing-a" reprise in which Jolson and ensemble begin in a radio station, continue through the outer offices, down an elevator, through a lobby and out into a busy street conversing in rhyme all the way. This number seems to me a foreshadowing of the "Munchkinland" sequence in THE WIZARD OF OZ three years later, wherein Judy Garland strolls through the village to the music and lyrics of the same songwriting team (Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg) with choreography by SINGING KID's credited choreographer, Bobby Connolly; maybe Connolly was inspired by Berkeley's work here. It is to Jolson's credit that he even agreed to perform in the "I Love to Sing-a" reprise because it's all about how dated and irrelevant his "Mammy" singing was. So at least he had a sense of humor.


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