Something to Sing About (1937)

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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Screencraft Pictures

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Cast

James Cagney
as Terry Rooney
Herbert Rawlinson
as Studio attorney
William Frawley
as Hank Meyers
Dwight Frye
as Easton
Gene Lockhart
as Bennett O. Regan
James Newill
as Orchestra Soloist
Frank Mills
as Cabby
Kenneth Harlan
as Transportation manager
Kathleen Lockhart
as Miss Robbins
Johnny Arthur
as Daviani
Mona Barrie
as Stephanie Hajos
Evelyn Daw
as Rita Wyatt
William B. Davidson
as Cafe manager
Edward Hearn
as Studio guard
Eddie Kane
as San Francisco Theater Manager
Bob McKenzie
as Ship's Captain
Larry Steers
as Studio official
Joe Bennett
as Dancer
Duke Green
as Other Man/Stuntman
Cully Richards
as Soloist
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Ed Allen
as Dancer
Ernest Wood
as Edward Burns
Jack Boyle
as Dancer
Buck Mack
as Dancer
Chick Collins
as The Man Terry Fights
Pat Moran
as Dancer
The Vagabonds
as Specialty
Bill Carey
as Singer
Harland Dixon
as Dancer
Pinkie and Pal
as Arthur Nelson's Fighting Cats
Dottie Messmer
as Three Shades of Blue
Virginia Lee Irwin
as Three Shades of Blue
Dolly Waldorf
as Three Shades of Blue
Paul McLarind
as Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Something to Sing About

All Critics (4)

Cagney is a treat to watch as he spoofs, hoofs and romances.

Full Review… | November 13, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The higher rating for this low budget musical is for Cagney's great dance sequences.

November 1, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Three Movie Buffs

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July 14, 2005
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May 14, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Something to Sing About

½

JAMES CAGNEY HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST VERSATILE ACTORS OF ALL TIME. THIS FILM IS A VERY ENTERTAINING MUSICAL/COMEDY/ROMANCE, AND CAGNEY DOES A TERRIFIC JOB IN THE ROLE. GOOD SUPPORT FROM WILLIAM FRAWLEY.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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