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Crooner (1932)

Story of a saxophonist and his rise to fame as a singing star.


Lloyd Bacon


Charles Kenyon (screenplay), Rian James (story)


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Credited cast:
David Manners ... Ted 'Teddy' Taylor
Ann Dvorak ... Judith 'Judy' Mason
Ken Murray ... Peter Sturgis
J. Carrol Naish ... Nick Meyer (as J. Carroll Naish)
Guy Kibbee ... Mike the Drunk with Megaphone
Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Constance Brown
Allen Vincent ... Ralph - Band Member
Edward J. Nugent ... Henry - Band Member
William Janney ... Pat - Band Member
Teddy Joyce Teddy Joyce ... Mack - Band Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise De Friese Louise De Friese


Hard luck follows Ted Taylor and his band, going to various auditions and tryouts, until he has to replace their tenor. To amplify his soft voice, he uses a megaphone, and it's instantly catnip to feminine ears. His employer, nightclub owner Nick Meyer, gives him a contract as his popularity rises. When it's up, and a better one's offered, publicity agent Peter Sturgis intervenes and gets him better deals, including making records and guesting top radio programs. Soon, it all goes to Taylor's head and he treats his band mates badly, as well as his girl, Judy Mason. After being caught by the tabloids spending time with a socialite, Judy dumps him. This leads to a downward spiral for Taylor, who gets into a drunken brawl, punching out a one-legged war veteran. He's ruined, brought down to being a sax player in a crummy restaurant band. humbled, he wishes Judy and Sturgis well for their upcoming marriage, but at the last second, Sturgis bows out. Written by WesternOne1

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Release Date:

20 August 1932 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Donald Novis provided David Manners's singing voice. Rudy Vallee was originally considered, but his contract at the time prevented his participation in this film. Having Manners "sing" through a megaphone was a clever way to cover the dubbing. See more »


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With a megaphone
14 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Crooner is the story of a bandleader who when the band singer is AWOL does his vocals and with megaphone that a drunk hands him. He becomes an overnight sensation and then let's it all go to his head.

David Manners plays our Crooner and the story is based quite obviously on Rudy Vallee. In fact Manners was a little too close to the real Vallee who probably considered suing.

I think it was a smart move to not have a singer in the part. You might wonder why he didn't have staying power like a Crosby or a Vallee. There are so many out there that are forgotten today who did have their brief moment of glory.

Manners gets good support from the two women in his life girlfriend Ann Dvorak and society girl Claire Dodd who picks up Manners because he was the flavor of that month. Also featured here are Ken Murray as an agent and J. Carrol Naish as a club owner.

Crooner is a quaint piece of depression era nostalgia.

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