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Crooner (1932)

Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.


Lloyd Bacon


Charles Kenyon (screenplay), Rian James (story)


Cast overview:
David Manners ... Ted 'Teddy' Taylor
Ann Dvorak ... Judith 'Judy' Mason
Ken Murray ... Peter Sturgis
J. Carrol Naish ... Nick Meyer (as J. Carroll Naish)
Guy Kibbee ... Mike the Drunk with Megaphone
Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Constance Brown
Allen Vincent ... Ralph - Band Member
Edward J. Nugent ... Henry - Band Member
William Janney ... Pat - Band Member
Teddy Joyce Teddy Joyce ... Mack - Band Member
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Hard luck follows Ted Taylor and his band, going to various auditions and tryouts, until he has to replace their tenor. To amplify his soft voice, he uses a megaphone, and it's instantly catnip to feminine ears. His employer, nightclub owner Nick Meyer, gives him a contract as his popularity rises. When it's up, and a better one's offered, publicity agent Peter Sturgis intervenes and gets him better deals, including making records and guesting top radio programs. Soon, it all goes to Taylor's head and he treats his band mates badly, as well as his girl, Judy Mason. After being caught by the tabloids spending time with a socialite, Judy dumps him. This leads to a downward spiral for Taylor, who gets into a drunken brawl, punching out a one-legged war veteran. He's ruined, brought down to being a sax player in a crummy restaurant band. humbled, he wishes Judy and Sturgis well for their upcoming marriage, but at the last second, Sturgis bows out. Written by WesternOne1

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The sad, sad story of a girl who actually fell for one of those mega-phonies in the FLESH! He had plenty of hot-cha with a microphone, but he couldn't hit High "C" in a love duet! (Print Ad-The Saratogian, ((Saratoga Springs, NY)) 17 August 1932) See more »




Did You Know?


Donald Novis provided David Manners's singing voice. Rudy Vallee was originally considered, but his contract at the time prevented his participation in this film. Having Manners "sing" through a megaphone was a clever way to cover the dubbing. See more »


Sweethearts Forever
Music by Cliff Friend
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Performed by David Manners and band
Played and sung often throughout the picture
Copyright 1932 by M. Witmark & Sons
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singer wants to make it big in showbiz
15 March 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Ken Murray.... started out in a few film roles and tv roles, but quickly moved into a "behind the scenes" role; he ended up filming many of the stars on the sets and about town with their family, kind of an early paparazzi. This one stars David Manners and the band trying to make a go of it in a nightclub, but when they use a megaphone to project his voice, "Ted" (Manners) really takes off as a singer. Guy Kibbee, Claire Dodd, and Anne Dvorak were hollywood regulars in the 1930s and 1940s. pretty good story line. moves along without problems. love story. hollywood. show biz. good film, if a little uneven. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, who had worked at all the various studios. Didn't win any oscars, but sure made some great films along the way (humphrey bogart, bette davis !) this one is a good one.

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20 August 1932 (USA) See more »

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A Glória do Jazz See more »

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