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Sing and Like It (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1934 (USA)
A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.


William A. Seiter


Aben Kandel (story "So You Won't Sing, Eh?"), Marion Dix (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Annie Snodgrass
Pert Kelton ... Ruby
Edward Everett Horton ... Adam Frink - Producer
Nat Pendleton ... T. Fenny Sylvester
Ned Sparks ... Toots McGuire
Richard Carle ... Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
John Qualen ... Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Junker - Hood
Stanley Fields ... Butch - Hood
Joe Sawyer ... Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
Grace Hayle ... Miss Fishbeck - Little Theatre Stage Director
Roy D'Arcy ... Mr. Gregory - Leading Man in Show


A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.

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Any girl with good strong adenoids can do the same thing!




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Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So You Won't Sing, Eh? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Walter Brennan appears approximately 25 minutes into the film as Zasu Pitts is singing dressed as an artist with "Whistler's Mother" in the background. As she finishes, Nat Pendleton applauds and the audience turns to stare at him. Brennan is on the right. See more »


Ruby: Rummage around, see if you can find yourself in those things and we'll get at this bath.
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Your Mother
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Played during the opening credits, as background music and at the end
Sung numerous times by Zasu Pitts, twice with Roy D'Arcy
Played on piano and partially sung by Ned Sparks
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Lame premise produces abundant amount of laughs.
9 May 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

This down at the heels production provides a lot more laughs than a lot of star filled comedies of its day with leads brought up from the supporting ranks. Zasu Pitts, Nat Pendleton, Edward Everett Horton, Pert Kelton and Ned Sparks more or less apply the same type they excel at in other films without stars stepping in front of their shot or impeding the flow of humor with a half baked romance and for the most part carry it off nicely.

T. Fenny Sylvestor ( Pendleton) makes a good living at cracking safes and kidnapping. During a job he hear's Annie Snodgrass (Pitts) warbling a tune about mom at a rehearsal. stopping the heist dead in its tracks. He then devotes himself to putting Annie on the Broadway stage by way of intimidation.

Sing and Like It is populated with Runyonesque characters playing it broad and sober. The cast of scene stealers have the patter down right and the script by Marian Dix and Laird Doyle runs from high sarcasm (after all Ned Sparks is in the room) to subtle wit (" Look at all the diamonds I've given ya' and not a mark on ya." ) It's unfortunate both writers had brief careers given the promise displayed here.

William Seiter's direction allows for dead moments (How many times must we listen to Ms. Pitts murder the same tune?) as well as a fair share of brutal slapstick in places but overall the team of second stringers he fields all have a good game making Sing and Like It a winner.

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