Something To Sing About

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

Director Victor Schertzinger wrote both the story and the tunes for this lighthearted romance, the second of James Cagney's independent films for Grand National. Cagney is in fine dancing form as Terry Rooney, a successful Manhattan band leader who journeys to Hollywood in search of a movie contract but abandons his pursuit after an unscrupulous producer...read more

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Director Victor Schertzinger wrote both the story and the tunes for this lighthearted romance, the second of James Cagney's independent films for Grand National. Cagney is in fine dancing form as Terry Rooney, a successful Manhattan band leader who journeys to Hollywood in search of a

movie contract but abandons his pursuit after an unscrupulous producer (Lockhart) convinces him he's headed nowhere. Terry marries Rita Wyatt (Evelyn Daw, a young South Dakotan who landed this plum role after a single audition for Schertzinger, though her career would never again reach these

heights), the vocalist for his old band, and the two honeymoon in a tropical paradise, returning to learn that a long-term movie contract is Terry's provided he's single. They carry off the ruse of his bachelorhood as long as they can stand it, but after the usual twists, turns, and complications,

they bid adieu to Tinseltown and return to New York and their first love--making music. Schertzinger shot the film in continuity, a seldom-used approach that didn't seem particularly necessary given the material. But while the story may not have a lot going for it, Austin Parker's screenplay is

frequently witty as it takes pot shots at the studio system (no doubt mirroring Cagney's own disgust with Warner Bros.), and Constantin Bakaleinikoff's musical score earned an Oscar nomination. Tunes include "Any Old Love" (sung by Cagney and Three Shades Of Blue), "Right or Wrong," "Loving You,"

"Out of the Blue," and "Something to Sing About" (sung by Daw).

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