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Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 21 August 1936 (USA)
Nightclub singer Joan Warren's agent Nicky puts her into situations designed to advance her career.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Harry Tugend (story and screenplay), Jack Yellen (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Faye ... Joan Warren
Adolphe Menjou ... Bruce Farraday
Gregory Ratoff ... Nicholas K. Alexander
Ted Healy ... Al Craven
Patsy Kelly ... Fitz
Michael Whalen ... Ted Blake
Al Ritz ... Al Ritz
Jimmy Ritz ... Jimmy Ritz
Harry Ritz ... Harry Ritz
Montagu Love ... Robert Wilson
Dixie Dunbar ... Telephone Operator
Douglas Fowley ... Mac
Paul Stanton ... Brewster
Tony Martin ... Tony Renaldo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
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Storyline

Nightclub singer Joan Warren's agent Nicky puts her into situations designed to advance her career.

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Taglines:

A MAD-MERRY-MUSICAL DELIGHT (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sing Baby, Sing See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Faye was initially able to convince the studio that the then novice Tyrone Power Jr. should be her leading man. Shortly after production began, however, they changed their mind and replaced him with Michael Whalen, who was then a bigger name. Ironically Faye's subsequent three films with Power proved the most successful of her career. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Farraday: Radio! I hate it! Music from cans like soup!
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Soundtracks

When Did You Leave Heaven?
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
Sung by Tony Martin
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John Barrymore probably enjoyed it most
18 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sing Baby Sing stars Alice Faye as a good singer and dancer who can't seem to get a break on the nightclub circuit. Plucky Alice is down, but not out and she's got a madcap agent in Gregory Ratoff looking for every kind of a conceivable break for her.

An encounter with aging ham matinee idol Adolphe Menjou gives Ratoff the idea that she should get some notoriety with an association with Menjou. It works all too well as Alice's known as a golddigger from coast to coast. Ratoff then has to fix what he's started and even gossip reporter Michael Whalen also is anxious to write a retraction because he kind of likes Alice.

There's far more to Sing Baby Sing than those I've mentioned. Look at the cast and you'll see Patsy Kelly, Ted Healy, Montagu Love, the Ritz Brothers and Tony Martin there. Enough to make you want to see this film.

Montagu Love is Menjou's business manager and watchdog. Not that he doesn't need one, but in this case Love is interfering with Faye's career as well. Healy sets him up beautifully at the Kansas City railroad station with a fake wife and kids in front of reporters. Aided and abetted by Patsy Kelly.

The Ritz Brothers made their feature film debut in Sing Baby Sing and they contribute their usual monkeyshines. Sing Baby Sing got one Oscar nomination for Best Song and it's for When Did You Leave Heaven which got Tony Martin his first Hollywood notices. He wound up marrying the leading lady as we know.

Menjou's burlesquing of John Barrymore was one of many outrageous ham handed parts that Menjou made a specialty of. As for Barrymore if his attitude was anything like it was in regard to The Royal Family Of Broadway and the role of Tony Cavendish there, he probably enjoyed this film more than anyone else.

80+ years later you'll enjoy it too.


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