The Crowd Roars (1932)

The Crowd Roars (1932)





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Auto racing and the Indy 500 provide the framework for this sports drama. Joe Greer is a professional driver who tries, unsuccessfully, to keep his younger brother away from the often seedy racing scene. Eddie, the kid brother, does not listen to his brother and finds himself involved with a hussy. The two brothers vent their anger on the track. Unfortunately Joe's pal Spud Connors dies while trying to keep the brother's speeding cars from hitting each other. The distraught Joe gives up racing in favor of alcoholism. It is only after his brother is hurt during the Indy 500 that he again takes the wheel. Quickly, the older brother takes over his brother's car and wins.
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James Cagney
as Joe Greer
Paul Fix
as Warehouse Guard
Joan Blondell
as Anne Scott
Ann Dvorak
as Lee Merrick
Frank McHugh
as Spud Connors
Guy Kibbee
as Dad Greer
Eric Linden
as Edward 'Eddie' Greer
Regis Toomey
as Dick Wilbur
John Harron
as Red, Eddie's pitman
Robert McWade
as Tom the counterman
Sam Hayes
as Ascot Announcer
Al Hill
as Warehouse Guard
John Conte
as Announcer
James P. Burtis
as Mechanic
Charlotte Merriam
as Mrs. Spud Connors
Ralph Dunn
as Official
Fred Frame
as Driver
William Arnold
as Bill Arnold
Jack Brisko
as Driver
Fred Guisso
as Driver
Harry Hartz
as Driver
Ralph Hepburn
as Driver
Phil Pardee
as Driver
Wilbur Shaw
as Driver
Lou Schneider
as Driver
Mel Keneally
as Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Crowd Roars

All Critics (3)

Some directors knew just what to do with sound even in the early years of the 'talkies.' Howard Hawks' 'The Crowd Roars' -- the very title promises a boisterous soundtrack -- opens with the rumble of race cars and closes with the wail of ambulance sirens.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Vivid melodrama about race car drivers and their romances.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Crosses the finish line as nothing more than routine.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Crowd Roars

another example of the great depression era stuff cranked out by Warners & directed by Hawks so it has plenty of action.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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