8 user 4 critic

Born to Sing (1942)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Musical | 18 February 1942 (USA)
Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested ... See full summary »



(story) (as Franz G. Springer), (screenplay) (as Franz G. Springer) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lucille Ball accepts a cadet's invitation to a military academy's senior prom in order to boost her career.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Lucille Ball, William Gaxton, Virginia Weidler
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Joan Lyons and her friend Patricia Drew are autograph hounds spending most of their day bumping into, and having tea, with the likes of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Virginia Weidler, Edward Arnold, John Carroll
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter
Babes in Arms (1939)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of vaudevillians struggling to compete with talkies hits the road hoping for a comeback. Frustrated to be left behind, all of their kids put on a show themselves to raise money for the families and to prove they've got talent, too.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger


Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patsy Eastman
... Steve
... 'Snap' Collins
Douglas McPhail ... Murray Saunders
... 'Grunt'
... Pete Detroit
... Frank Eastman
... Mike Conroy
... Mrs. E. V. Lawson
Beverly Hudson ... Maggie Cooper
Richard Hall ... Mozart Cooper
... 'Quiz Kid'
... Ed Collera
... Arthur Cartwright
... 'Eight-Ball'


Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested for extortion, of which they are innocent. Luckily, they are in the same paddy wagon as Pete and when his gang springs Pete, the boys are sprung. The only way that they can prove now that the songs are Frank's is to put on a show before Cartwright show 'Melody for You' opens. The boys and Patsy find a theater, paint the scenery and put all the kids in the neighborhood to work on the show. Pete Detroit makes sure that Cartwright's show does not open on the same night and that his cabs bring in an audience. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


"All we need is a theatre...a singer...and an audience" (original lobby card) See more »


Action | Crime | Musical


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mocidade do Barulho  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This film received its initial television broadcasts in Cincinnati Monday 20 May 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), and in Los Angeles Thursday 30 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Philadelphia Monday 10 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 18 June 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Chicago 26 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Amarillo 3 July 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19), by Portland OR 13 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Hartford CT 11 September 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Honolulu 22 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Miami 16 October 1957 on WCKT (Channel 11) and by Phoenix 2 February 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5); it first aired in San Francisco 23 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); its earliest documented telecast in New York City took place 9 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


I Hate the Conga
Written by Earl K. Brent
Performed by Leo Gorcey and Beverly Hudson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hodge podge of a B-musical showcases Douglas McPhail's rich baritone...
11 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Whatever points I give this one is strictly based on the talented DOUGLAS McPHAIL and his rich baritone singing the climactic number, "America". MGM obviously was grooming him for big time stardom that never came. He was a Nelson Eddy kind of baritone, stolid looking, rather humorless, but usually just given background roles in any of the studio's big films.

Here at least he takes the spotlight in the film's final number, a rousing tribute to Americana. But what precedes this is strictly hokum, a "let's put on the show" routine accompanied by some gangster stuff led by SHELDON LEONARD who gets off some typical '40s tough guy remarks. ("I'm gonna put him in opera if I gotta buy the joint," he says of McPhail.) Another amusing and typical '40s moment has Leonard landing in the same police patrol wagon with a few of the show biz kids, including LEO GORCEY. Another youngster takes one look at his suit and says, "If you get the hot seat, can I have that suit?"

VIRGINIA WEIDLER is totally wasted in the leading femme role as the daughter of a musician, but the cast is perked up by RAGS RAGLAND, MARGARET DUMONT, DARLA HOOD and especially young RAY McDONALD, who was a hoofer who ranked easily with Donald O'Connor as one of filmdom's best dancers.

Summing up: Unfortunately, never rises above its B-picture material, except for the climactic song celebrating America.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial