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The Crowd Roars (1932)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 16 April 1932 (USA)
Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

John Bright, Niven Busch (as Nevin Busch) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Joe Greer
Joan Blondell ... Anne Scott
Ann Dvorak ... Lee Merrick
Eric Linden ... Edward 'Eddie' Greer
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Greer
Frank McHugh ... Spud Connors
Billy Arnold Billy Arnold ... Billy Arnold
Leo Nomis Leo Nomis ... Jim
Fred Frame Fred Frame ... Fred Frame
Ralph Hepburn Ralph Hepburn ... Ralph Hepburn
Wilbur Shaw Wilbur Shaw ... Wilbur Shaw
Shorty Cantlon Shorty Cantlon ... Shorty Cantlon
Mel Keneally Mel Keneally ... Mel Keneally
Stubby Stubblefield Stubby Stubblefield ... Stubby Stubblefield
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Storyline

Famous motor-racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race. He discovers his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion and during the race Joe loses his nerve when another driver his killed, leaving his brother to win. Joe's luck takes a plunge while his brother rises to height of fame. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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-Ablaze with excitement-Heart pounding romance Women never Forget!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roar of the Crowd See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The principal driver for the racing scenes was Indianapolis 500 veteran Harry Hartz. He entered the race each year from 1922-27, finishing second three times and fourth twice during that six-year span. He appears as himself in the film as well. See more »

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A Santa Fe Railroad car is being shown unloading in Indianapolis, Indiana. That railroad only operated as far east as Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Quotes

Joe Greer: You're a big man, huh? You sap! I jumped you out of a hick town garage into big time racing without any of the grief! And now you can jump back! Go on, get a car and see how far you can go. You're on your own! I'm through.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

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This is a treat for racing and auto fans
15 June 2009 | by shane_604See all my reviews

As suggested in another review there was probably stuff left on the cutting room floor that would have filled in some holes in the plot. Still I disagree that we don't get the gist of this gripping melodrama or that the racing scenes aren't great. Cagney is a hard-boiled champion Indy driver, who goes a little psycho when his younger brother wants to follow in his footsteps. Suddenly, the girlfriend who loves him isn't good enough and her friend is a tramp. Before you can say "You dirty rat!", the two brothers are alienated and the girl is broken-hearted. This sets up a great rivalry on the track and some heated racing scenes.

I beg to differ with the fussy earlier reviewer who lamented that the racing scenes were over edited. I found these scenes riveting and brilliant. Moreover, they convey a strong taste of a brand of racing long past where death was not so rare. They also show us film of some of the great cars of bygone days in action. Nowadays we are jaded with television cameras on board most high level events. But this footage rivals the modern one for pace and context with the advantage of placing us in a wilder sport. The track is more dangerous, the cars more primitive and of course modern racing is much more civilized.

However, the character Cagney plays is remarkably like many modern day racing greats living and dead due to their daring ways. maybe in their childhood they saw Cagney in this flick.


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