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Something to Sing About (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 30 September 1937 (USA)
A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

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Victor Schertzinger (story), Austin Parker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
Evelyn Daw ... Rita Wyatt
William Frawley ... Hank Meyers
Mona Barrie ... Stephanie 'Steffie' Hajos
Gene Lockhart ... Bennett O. 'B.O.' Regan
Philip Ahn ... Ito
Marek Windheim Marek Windheim ... Mr. Farney
Dwight Frye ... Mr. Easton
Johnny Arthur ... Mr. Daviani (as John Arthur)
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Richards (as William Davidson)
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Blaine
Kathleen Lockhart ... Miss Amy Robbins
James Newill ... Jimmy - Band Member
Harry Barris ... Pinky - Band Pianist
Cully Richards Cully Richards ... Cully - Band Member
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Storyline

Popular New York band leader Terry Rooney (Cagney) is offered a lucrative film contract out in Hollywood. Rooney and his soon-to-be wife pack up and head for California. Upon arriving, they meet Mr. Regan, the head of the studio, who believes that Rooney's true lack of desire for stardom is arrogance on the band leader's part. When his first film is huge success and a hit for the studio, Regan tries to hide the truth from Rooney. Feeling a need to get away from Hollywood, Rooney takes his wife on a South Seas honeymoon cruise, only to return to the real truth of his fame. Written by SindyMac

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Dancing...Romancing and Packing a Real Wallop! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When I'm with You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Parts of the film are based on James Cagney's own experience. In the film, Cagney's character, Terry Rooney, is a New York bandleader and hoofer who goes to Hollywood to make a "tough guy" movie. When he gets back from his honeymoon cruise, he discovers the movie has made him a star, and he is mobbed by autograph seekers outside a movie theater where his film is showing. Likewise, Cagney himself was a Broadway hoofer who went to Hollywood in 1930 to make movies. After several supporting roles, Cagney filmed his breakout movie, The Public Enemy (1931), in early 1931. When filming was completed, Cagney returned to New York, thinking the movie would be nothing special. A few months later he was surprised to see a long line of movie-goers outside a New York theater where "The Public Enemy" was being shown. Cagney had become a star. See more »

Goofs

Rita is in New York when she reads of Terry's supposed relationship with Steffie on the front page of the "Express" newspaper. Meanwhile in Hollywood, Terry learns of the false rumours in exactly the same way, from the exact front page of an identical "Express" newspaper. Props used the same newspaper for both coasts. Highly unlikely. See more »

Quotes

Hank Meyers: Hey, wait a minute. What are you up to now?
Miss Amy Robbins: Just a little blind item for my column: What rising young star was caught making love to his secretary?
Hank Meyers: Now, listen, if you print that story you're going to ruin two lives.
Miss Amy Robbins: What lives?
Hank Meyers: Yours and mine. First of all, if you print it, I'm gonna sock you on the nose. If I sock you on the nose, I'm gonna lose my job. So, figure it out.
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Connections

Featured in Hooray for Hollywood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Out of the Blue
(uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Played by the band and sung by Evelyn Daw
Danced in the opening by James Cagney
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Cagney was Outstanding
18 January 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

James Cagney got tired of film studios wanting him to make gangster films and typecasting him, so he went to Grand National Pictures and made this film with a Independent film maker. In this picture Caqney plays the role as Terry Rooney a band leader who has a great show in Manhattan with a great singer, Rita Wyatt, (Evelyn Daw) and there is plenty of comedy and great dancing routines throughout the show. Terry is very well liked as well as his singer Rita. Hollywood becomes interested in Terry and Bennett Regan, (Gene Lockhart) is a Hollywood director who wants to give Terry a contact to make a picture. Terry finds it hard to break into the Hollywood scheme of things and gets down in the dumps about his performances. Little does Terry realize that the producers and directors all like Terry and feel he is doing a great job, but Bennett Regan does not want to tell him that in order to keep him from getting a big head on his shoulders. Great Cagney film with outstanding dance routines.


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