Something to Sing About

Something to Sing About

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Cast: James Cagney, Evelyn Daw, William Frawley

     
 

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Battling Hoofer is the reissue title of the 1936 James Cagney vehicle Something to Sing About. Cagney plays Terry Rooney, a New York bandleader who heads to Hollywood when he is offered a movie contract. The down-to-Earth Rooney resists the "star treatment," an attitude misinterpreted by movie executive Bennett O. Regan (Gene Lockhart) as arrogance. WhenSee more details below

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Battling Hoofer is the reissue title of the 1936 James Cagney vehicle Something to Sing About. Cagney plays Terry Rooney, a New York bandleader who heads to Hollywood when he is offered a movie contract. The down-to-Earth Rooney resists the "star treatment," an attitude misinterpreted by movie executive Bennett O. Regan (Gene Lockhart) as arrogance. When Terry's first film is a hit, Regan orders everyone involved to keep its success a secret from Terry, lest he develop a swelled head! (We don't believe it either.) The best sequence has Rooney chewing out his Asian houseboy, Ito (Philip Ahn), whereupon he drops his "So solly" pidgin English and begins talking like a Harvard professor! Terry gets to romance newcomer Evelyn Daw, as well as veteran vamp Mona Barrie; he also gets to participate in several lively dance numbers. Something to Sing About was the second of Jimmy Cagney's films for Poverty Row studio Grand National: the production values and snappy script work that he might have enjoyed at Warner Bros. are noticeably lacking, but Cagney is always fun to watch.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Poverty-stricken Grand National certainly had something to sing about in 1938. The upstart studio had somehow managed to corral both James Cagney and director/songsmith Victor Schertzinger, not to mention the pretty Evelyn Daw, a discovery of Schertzinger. What they didn't have, alas, was an adequate budget -- a reported 450,000 dollars was hardly enough for what was meant to be a top-grade musical -- or a good story. Granted, James Cagney goes along way, but not even he can save Something to Sing About, which lacks both polish and a first-class score. What it does have, however, is Dwight Frye playing a gay hairdresser and that is at least somewhat entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
UPC:
0617742102291
Original Release:
1936
Source:
Critic's Choice
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

MGM short film You, John Jones starring James Cagney

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Terry Rooney
Evelyn Daw Rita Wyatt
William Frawley Hank Meyers
Mona Barrie Stephanie Hajos
Gene Lockhart Bennet O. Regan
James Newill Orchestra Soloist
Cully Richards Soloist
Candy Candido Candy
Richard Tucker Blaine
Marek Windheim Farney
Dwight Frye Easton
Johnny Arthur Daviani
Philip Ahn Ito
Kathleen Lockhart Miss Robins
Kenneth Harlan Transportation manager
Herbert Rawlinson Studio attorney
Ernest Wood Edward Burns
Jack Boyle Actor
John Miller Actor
Pat Moran Actor
Vagabonds Specialty
Buck Mack Actor
Bo Peep Karlin Actor
William B. Davidson Cafe manager
Chick Collins Man Terry fights
Duke Green Man
Harland Dixon Dancer
Joe Bennett Dancer
Ed Allen Dancer
Bill Carey Singer
Frank Mills Cabby
Larry Steers Studio official
Eddie Kane S.F. theatre mgr.
Edward Hearn Studio guard
Bob McKenzie Ships captain
Alphonse Martell Head Waiter

Technical Credits
Victor Schertzinger Director,Score Composer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harland Dixon Choreography
Robert E. Lee Art Director
Harold Lewis Production Manager
Gene Milford Editor
Paul Murphy Art Director
Zion Myers Producer
Austin Parker Screenwriter
John Sherwood Asst. Director
John Stumar Cinematographer

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