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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
... Rita Wyatt
... Hank Meyers
... Stephanie 'Steffie' Hajos
... Bennett O. 'B.O.' Regan
... Ito
Marek Windheim ... Mr. Farney
... Mr. Easton
... Mr. Daviani (as John Arthur)
... Mr. Richards (as William Davidson)
... Mr. Blaine
... Miss Amy Robbins
... Jimmy - Band Member
... Pinky - Band Pianist
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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A Cagney You Have Never Seen! Dancing...Romancing and Packing a Real Wallop! THE No. 1 Dynamo of the Screen Goes to Town in His Latest and Greatest Role. It's something to cheer about! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

30 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battling Hoofer  »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The ship Terry and Rita sail on for their honeymoon to the "south seas" is the Swedish cargo ship M/S Hallaren. Launched in 1929, it sailed routes in both the Atlantic and Pacific. But its most important service was to bring food from Sweden to the starving population of the Netherlands in the spring of 1945 under the banner of the Red Cross near the end of WWII. It was scrapped in Belgium in 1972. 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

Jimmy - Band Member: Let's see, you want eight uppers, eight lowers, and a compartment, right?
Rita Wyatt: No compartment. I'll take the lower.
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Connections

References The Gold Racket (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Out of the Blue
(uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Played by the band and sung by Evelyn Daw
Danced in the opening by James Cagney
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Pretty entertaining--too bad it was chock full of tedious songs!
24 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

The main plot of this film is fairly entertaining and it hooked me--even though the material seemed awfully familiar. Band leader Jimmy Cagney goes to Hollywood to do a screen test and he becomes a star. The film is filled with interesting behind the scenes intrigue and studio business and is in some ways reminiscent of a light-weight version of A STAR IS BORN and other "behind the scenes" movies. In addition, how the studio head (Gene Lockhart) and publicity agent (William Frawley) schemed is pretty funny and diverting. These two men plus Cagney did a lovely job despite having rather limp support from the rest of the cast.

Unfortunately, despite the nice but familiar plot, the film was also chock full of tedious songs. While Cagney's dance numbers weren't bad (what he lacked in grace he made up for in energy), his co-star (Evelyn Daw) sang in a style that was like an amalgam of opera and big band music--something that I disliked intensely. Had she only sang one or two numbers, this might not have been so bad, but she seemed to sing and sing and sing--when all the audience really wanted was more of Cagney and his nice, easy-going personality.

Worth seeing for Cagney fans, but definitely one of his lesser films.


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