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Something to Sing About (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 30 September 1937 (USA)
A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

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Victor Schertzinger (story), Austin Parker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
Evelyn Daw ... Rita Wyatt
William Frawley ... Hank Meyers
Mona Barrie ... Stephanie 'Steffie' Hajos
Gene Lockhart ... Bennett O. 'B.O.' Regan
Philip Ahn ... Ito
Marek Windheim Marek Windheim ... Mr. Farney
Dwight Frye ... Mr. Easton
Johnny Arthur ... Mr. Daviani (as John Arthur)
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Richards (as William Davidson)
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Blaine
Kathleen Lockhart ... Miss Amy Robbins
James Newill ... Jimmy - Band Member
Harry Barris ... Pinky - Band Pianist
Cully Richards Cully Richards ... Cully - Band Member
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Storyline

Popular New York band leader Terry Rooney (Cagney) is offered a lucrative film contract out in Hollywood. Rooney and his soon-to-be wife pack up and head for California. Upon arriving, they meet Mr. Regan, the head of the studio, who believes that Rooney's true lack of desire for stardom is arrogance on the band leader's part. When his first film is huge success and a hit for the studio, Regan tries to hide the truth from Rooney. Feeling a need to get away from Hollywood, Rooney takes his wife on a South Seas honeymoon cruise, only to return to the real truth of his fame. Written by SindyMac

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Two-fisted James Cagney in a drama about Hollywood where private lives are public gossip . . . James Cagney in his latest and greatest picture See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When I'm with You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its first telecast Wednesday 10 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in Los Angeles it first aired Sunday 13 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

Rita is in New York when she reads of Terry's supposed relationship with Steffie on the front page of the "Express" newspaper. Meanwhile in Hollywood, Terry learns of the false rumours in exactly the same way, from the exact front page of an identical "Express" newspaper. Props used the same newspaper for both coasts. Highly unlikely. See more »

Quotes

Terrence 'Terry'; Rooney: My first, my childhood love? Well let me go way way back. In fact, she was the dog catcher's daughter in my hometown. And every time my pooch was snatched.
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Terrence 'Terry'; Rooney: Oh, I meant, every time they snatched my pooch, she'd get it back to me by hook or by crook. In fact, it happened so often, that her old man began to think my dog was quintuplets.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Loving You
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Written by Victor Schertzinger
Played by the band and sung by Evelyn Daw
Danced on shipboard by James Cagney
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An early Cagney musical away from Warner Bros...
8 May 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

JAMES CAGNEY was having contract problems at Warner Bros. when he went out on his own and did this little musical for Grand National, which--unfortunately--flopped at the box-office. It's the kind of musical with a Hollywood background that pokes fun at the film colony and its star-making machinery (a la SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), and gives Cagney a chance to shine as a hoofer.

Cagney is Ted Rooney, a bandleader who bids farewell to his band and his fiancé (EVELYN LAW) to take temporary leave for a film when Hollywood beckons. WILLIAM FRAWLEY is the publicity agent who meets him at the station with a bevy of Hollywood cuties to snap photographs of his arrival. GENE LOCKHART is the overbearing studio mogol who calls his make-up men to give their opinion of how to prepare him for photography. A vocal coach with a heavy accent is brought in to teach Cagney how to speak. And so it goes. It never misses a chance to spoof the Hollywood star-making machinery and phoniness.

When Rooney's picture is a smash hit, the studio can't find him. He's fled Hollywood to join his sweetheart and they embark on a cruise ship where Cagney is part of the oddly amusing entertainment. You know it won't be long before Hollywood catches up with him in time for a happy ending.

It's strictly fluff but Cagney gives a solid comedy/musical performance, coasting along nicely in his role despite some shaky support from Evelyn Law, a young lady who appears to be an inexperienced actress with a singing voice not suitable for the swing band music that Cagney indulges in. She's a big drawback in a film that needs a good partner for Cagney in the love interest department.

Summing up: Trivial, predictable musical comedy which should at least interest Cagney fans but it's easy to see why it failed to please at the box-office.


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