Thursday, August 3, 2017

Something to Sing About (1937) James Cagney






A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

Director:

 Victor Schertzinger

Writers:

 Victor Schertzinger (story), Austin Parker (screenplay)

Stars:

 James CagneyEvelyn DawWilliam Frawley 

Cagney's character, Terry Rooney, is a band-leader who goes to Hollywood to make movies. When he gets back from his honeymoon cruise, he discovers the movie he made has made him a star. This move is a reflection of his real life because Cagney himself was on Broadway and went to Hollywood in 1930 to make movies. In 1931 he made The Public Enemy and it made him a star. Cagney is in top form in this one, dancing and acting. William Frawley (I Love Lucy) plays Cagney's sympathetic press agent. A favorite scene in the film is where they try to teach him a lesson on the set by being rough on him, see him turn the tables. For Cagney fans Something to Sing About is a must see. ★★★

James Cagney

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