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The Crowd Roars (1932)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 16 April 1932 (USA)
Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

John Bright, Niven Busch (as Nevin Busch) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Joe Greer
Joan Blondell ... Anne Scott
Ann Dvorak ... Lee Merrick
Eric Linden ... Edward 'Eddie' Greer
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Greer
Frank McHugh ... Spud Connors
Billy Arnold Billy Arnold ... Billy Arnold
Leo Nomis Leo Nomis ... Jim
Fred Frame Fred Frame ... Fred Frame
Ralph Hepburn Ralph Hepburn ... Ralph Hepburn
Wilbur Shaw Wilbur Shaw ... Wilbur Shaw
Shorty Cantlon Shorty Cantlon ... Shorty Cantlon
Mel Keneally Mel Keneally ... Mel Keneally
Stubby Stubblefield Stubby Stubblefield ... Stubby Stubblefield
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Storyline

Famous motor-racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race. He discovers his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion and during the race Joe loses his nerve when another driver his killed, leaving his brother to win. Joe's luck takes a plunge while his brother rises to height of fame. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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-Ablaze with excitement-Heart pounding romance Women never Forget!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roar of the Crowd See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The posters and DVD covers showing (artwork of) James Cagney and Joan Blondell's faces literally cheek-to-cheek can be misleading since Blondell plays the girlfriend of Cagney's little brother, Eddie. Ann Dvorak plays Cagney's girlfriend, and has a much bigger, more important role. See more »

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When Joe finds Eddie drinking with Lee and Anne, he throws Eddie and Anne out of Lee's apartment, and locks the door behind them. After he and Lee argue, he leaves in a huff and the door is no longer locked; he just opens it. See more »

Quotes

Joe Greer: How does a dame like you know about love?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

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Hawks and Cagney
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Crowd Roars, The (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Standard Warner drama about a cocky race car driver (James Cagney) who brings his younger brother (Eric Linden) into the sport and soon the two have a falling out. Cagney eventually loses his nerve and falls from grace and must try to works his way back up. Hawks is credited with the story but it's somewhat hard to believe that he would come up with such a standard and typical story. The movie is entertaining due in large part to Cagney who once again turns in a good performance. He's his usual cocky self and the screenplay allows him to do things we've seen from him in the past including one scene where he gets tough with Ann Dvorak. Cagney shines the best during his breakdown scene, which comes off very well. Joan Blondell co-stars as Cagney's girl and she does a nice job as well. The story is very predictable and really doesn't have one original idea but there's some very good racing scenes. The screenplay is also quite hard on racing fans and the claim that all they want to see is blood. There's one violent death scene that happens during a race that is very memorable.


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