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No Contest! (1934)

Approved | | Musical, Short | 6 October 1934 (USA)
Ruth Etting is the star attraction on the Albertson Travel Agency radio show. When her producers learn that her recordings are on another program at the same time, they devise a contest, ... See full summary »


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Cyrus Wood (story), Eddie Moran (story) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Etting ... Ruth
Charles Lawrence Charles Lawrence ... Albertson
Elmer Brown Elmer Brown ... Johnny
Bert Matthews Bert Matthews ... Announcer
Betty Jane Cooper Betty Jane Cooper ... Member of Tap Dancing Trio
Lathrop Brothers Lathrop Brothers ... Members of Tap Dancing Trio


Ruth Etting is the star attraction on the Albertson Travel Agency radio show. When her producers learn that her recordings are on another program at the same time, they devise a contest, based on the words in a song she sings, in which the winner gets Etting's services at a banquet. Written by Brian Henke (Cincy43235@aol.com)

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Musical | Short


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Release Date:

6 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1934-1935 season) #4: No Contest! See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1712-1713. See more »


Travel Song
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by ensemble during radio show
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With friends like these, who needs enemies?!
5 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ruth Etting was a very popular singer in the 1920s-40s...very popular. However, she only made a few films and most of what classic film viewers remember is her life story in "Love Me or Leave Me", though Etting herself said only about half of this film is actually true. However, in the short film "No Contest!" you actually get to see and hear her....and she does have a lovely and amazing singing voice.

The story is about Fred and his jerky friends. They know he loves Etting's singing and they create a fake contest in which Etting will personally sing for the winner and their friends at a party. What Fred doesn't know is that Etting is not involved and has no intention of doing such an appearance. What's next?

This short seems like it could have been a longer, full-length movie. This is because there are several big production numbers and plenty of singing. Overall, a nicely made and curious musical.

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