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Sing Boy Sing (1958)

Manager Joseph Sharkey discovers a naive Virgil Walker who has an incredible vocal talent. Sharkey takes Virgil away from his humble beginnings, changes his appearance and turns him into a nationwide singing sensation.

Director:

Henry Ephron

Writers:

Claude Binyon, Paul Monash (story "The Singin' Idol")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tommy Sands ... Virgil Walker
Lili Gentle Lili Gentle ... Leora Easton
Edmond O'Brien ... Joseph Sharkey
Nick Adams ... C.K. Judd
John McIntire ... Rev. Farley Walker
Diane Jergens ... Pat Barry
Josephine Hutchinson ... Caroline Walker
Jerry Paris ... Arnold Fisher
Tami Conner Tami Conner ... Ginnie
Regis Toomey ... Rev. Easton
Art Ford Art Ford ... Disc Jockey
Bill Randle Bill Randle ... Disc Jockey
Biff Collie Biff Collie ... Disc Jockey
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Storyline

Manager Joseph Sharkey discovers a naive Virgil Walker who has an incredible vocal talent. Sharkey takes Virgil away from his humble beginnings, changes his appearance and turns him into a nationwide singing sensation.

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Plot Keywords:

singer | publicity agent | See All (2) »

Taglines:

THE STORY OF THE PREACHER'S SON WHO BECAME THE ROCK 'N' ROLL KING! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1958 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

The Singing Idol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This story is based on the Kraft Television Theatre episode "the Singin' Idol" which also starred Tommy Sands. See more »

Goofs

Virgil's aunt refers to herself as Caro-LINE (long I sound), and so do others in the cast. However, Virgil calls her Caro-LYNN (short i sound) throughout, even on the phone just after she pronounces her own name "her way." See more »

Quotes

Joseph Sharkey: [in recording studio] Hey, that was OK, kid.
Virgil Walker: It really was?
Joseph Sharkey: Yea, sure. Why, is something bothering you?
Virgil Walker: I don't know. Maybe I need my audience.
Joseph Sharkey: I'm your audience.
Virgil Walker: I guess I miss the screamin'. Why don't you scream a little, Mr. Sharkey?
Joseph Sharkey: Yeah sure, next time I'm 16.
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Bundle of Dreams
Written by Billy Strange and Homer Escamilla
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Ambition and self-interest clash with talent and coming-of-age
6 February 2004 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

Edmond O'Brien chews up the scenery without hitting any false notes as teen singer Sand's hard-driving and hard-bitten agent. Blending his publicity agent from Barefoot Contessa with Kirk Douglas's unscrupulous reporter from Ace In The Hole, O'Brien takes Sands on a magic carpet ride without letting him see the bulldozer he has doing the actual dirty work underneath. Jerry Paris has a strong role as O'Brien's henchman who can only sell so much of his soul. A nice moment by Hank Worden in an unbilled part helps provide context of the actual price others pay for the boy's success.

As for the comment that it's "ripped-off" from Elvis Presley's story, today Law & Order and other NBC series proudly boast about ripping their stories from today's headlines. There are elements here that could be from Presley's story, but also from many others. O'Brien has some Colonel Parker in him, but those elements seem overwhelmed by the others mentioned. Of course, today, Edmond O'Brien's character would qualify as a goody-two-shoes!


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