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The Crowd Roars (1932)




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Auto racing and the Indy 500 provide the framework for this sports drama. Joe Greer is a professional driver who tries, unsuccessfully, to keep his younger brother away from the often seedy racing scene. Eddie, the kid brother, does not listen to his brother and finds himself involved with a hussy. The two brothers vent their anger on the track. Unfortunately Joe's pal Spud Connors dies while trying to keep the brother's speeding cars from hitting each other. The distraught Joe gives up racing in favor of alcoholism. It is only after his brother is hurt during the Indy 500 that he again takes the wheel. Quickly, the older brother takes over his brother's car and wins.

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James Cagney
as Joe Greer
Joan Blondell
as Anne Scott
Ann Dvorak
as Lee Merrick
Eric Linden
as Edward 'Eddie' Greer
Guy Kibbee
as Dad Greer
Frank McHugh
as Spud Connors
William Arnold
as Bill Arnold
Charlotte Merriam
as Mrs. Spud Connors
Regis Toomey
as Dick Wilbur
Fred Frame
as Driver
Sam Hayes
as Ascot Announcer
Ralph Dunn
as Official
John Conte
as Announcer
John Harron
as Red, Eddie's pitman
Robert McWade
as Tom the counterman
Al Hill
as Warehouse Guard
Paul Fix
as Warehouse Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Crowd Roars

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It's exciting melodrama with plenty of ring action, some plausible romance and several corking good characterizations.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

...a comfortably familiar premise that's employed to mostly watchable (if rather forgettable) effect by Hawks.

December 1, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's all very expertly and knowingly handled.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Some directors knew just what to do with sound even in the early years of the 'talkies.' Howard Hawks' 'The Crowd Roars' -- the very title promises a boisterous soundtrack -- opens with the rumble of race cars and closes with the wail of ambulance sirens.

September 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Vivid melodrama about race car drivers and their romances.

July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Crosses the finish line as nothing more than routine.

January 23, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crowd Roars


Fans of auto racing should like this one. There is lots of footage of old racing showing various crash scenes, drivers careening around tracks in cars without roofs (going through clouds of dirt!), and occasional fires on the track. Billy Arnold, Fred Frame, and many other real race drivers appear in the film, and there are scenes from Indianapolis, which had been racing the 500 since 1911. There is also a love story, though this is a Cagney-Blondell film in which the two are adversaries. Cagney is a race car driver who doesn't want to marry his girlfriend with benefits (Ann Dvorak), Blondell's friend, taking her for granted. He has a younger brother (Eric Linden) who also wants to race cars, and he hypocritically wants to protect him from booze and "loose women" like Dvorak and Blondell. Things get complicated when his brother falls for Blondell, and tragic when he causes the death of a fellow driver. This is not great cinema or anything, but it does have Cagney/Blondell, and an interesting story line, and it's unique with all of the vintage auto racing.

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