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Something to Sing About (1937)




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Battling Hoofer is the reissue title of the 1936 James Cagney vehicle Something to Sing About. Cagney plays Terry Rooney, a New York bandleader who heads to Hollywood when he is offered a movie contract. The down-to-Earth Rooney resists the "star treatment," an attitude misinterpreted by movie executive Bennett O. Regan (Gene Lockhart) as arrogance. When Terry's first film is a hit, Regan orders everyone involved to keep its success a secret from Terry, lest he develop a swelled head! (We don't believe it either.) The best sequence has Rooney chewing out his Asian houseboy, Ito (Philip Ahn), whereupon he drops his "So solly" pidgin English and begins talking like a Harvard professor! Terry gets to romance newcomer Evelyn Daw, as well as veteran vamp Mona Barrie; he also gets to participate in several lively dance numbers. Something to Sing About was the second of Jimmy Cagney's films for Poverty Row studio Grand National: the production values and snappy script work that he might have enjoyed at Warner Bros. are noticeably lacking, but Cagney is always fun to watch.

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James Cagney
as Terry Rooney
Evelyn Daw
as Rita Wyatt
William Frawley
as Hank Meyers
Mona Barrie
as Stephanie Hajos
Gene Lockhart
as Bennett O. Regan
James Newill
as Orchestra Soloist
William B. Davidson
as Cafe manager
Kathleen Lockhart
as Miss Robbins
Kenneth Harlan
as Transportation manager
Herbert Rawlinson
as Studio attorney
Ernest Wood
as Edward Burns
Chick Collins
as The Man Terry Fights
Duke Green
as Other Man/Stuntman
Jack Boyle
as Dancer
The Vagabonds
as Specialty
Pat Moran
as Dancer
Buck Mack
as Dancer
Ed Allen
as Dancer
Bill Carey
as Singer
Pinkie and Pal
as Arthur Nelson's Fighting Cats
Larry Steers
as Studio official
Eddie Kane
as San Francisco Theater Manager
Edward Hearn
as Studio guard
Dottie Messmer
as Three Shades of Blue
Virginia Lee Irwin
as Three Shades of Blue
Dolly Waldorf
as Three Shades of Blue
Bob McKenzie
as Ship's Captain
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Paul McLarind
as Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Something to Sing About

All Critics (6)

Cagney still Cagney in a song-anddance picture of backstage Hollywood. Better not do this often.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

What fun there is in Something to Sing About is in watching [James] Cagney dancing, fighting, and even dally. ing over the telephone.

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Cagney is a treat to watch as he spoofs, hoofs and romances.

November 13, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The higher rating for this low budget musical is for Cagney's great dance sequences.

November 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

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