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Sing and Like It (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1934 (USA)
A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.


William A. Seiter


Aben Kandel (story "So You Won't Sing, Eh?"), Marion Dix (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Annie Snodgrass
Pert Kelton ... Ruby
Edward Everett Horton ... Adam Frink - Producer
Nat Pendleton ... T. Fenny Sylvester
Ned Sparks ... Toots McGuire
Richard Carle ... Mr. Abercrombie Hancock - Critic
John Qualen ... Oswald (as John M. Qualen)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Junker - Hood
Stanley Fields ... Butch - Hood
Joe Sawyer ... Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... Webster - Frink's Secretary (as William H. Griffith)
Grace Hayle ... Miss Fishbeck - Little Theatre Stage Director
Roy D'Arcy ... Mr. Gregory - Leading Man in Show


A gangster becomes enamored with a dowdy, amateur off-key singer and tries to force a producer to put her in his Broadway production.

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Any girl with good strong adenoids can do the same thing!




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Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So You Won't Sing, Eh? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Brennan appears approximately 25 minutes into the film as Zasu Pitts is singing dressed as an artist with "Whistler's Mother" in the background. As she finishes, Nat Pendleton applauds and the audience turns to stare at him. Brennan is on the right. See more »


T. Fenny Sylvester: Look, I want you to make her the most beautiful on the stage, see?
Makeup Man: I'm a makeup artist, not a plastic surgeon!
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Liebestraum No. 3
Written by Franz Liszt
Partially played on piano by Ned Sparks
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14 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sing and Like It (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Very good little gem about gangster T. Fenny Sylvester (Nat Pendleton) who hears Annie Snodgrass (Zasu Pitts) singing and decides he wants to make her a star. The only problem is that she's got a horrible voice and can't act. Not seeing the truth, the gangster forces a producer to make her the lead in an upcoming musical. SING AND LIKE IT might sound familiar to you because Woody Allen's BULLETS OVER Broadway has a lot of similar moments. I was really shocked at how hilarious this movie was at times because I had never even heard of it until it came on Turner Classic Movies. This is exactly why I record so many "B" movies off of TCM because you just never know when you're going to discover a gem like this. What works best with the picture are the two leads. Both of them were mostly just character actors their entire careers but being able to play leads in "B" movies like this often gave both a real chance to shine and that's exactly what happens here. Pendleton plays that tough but lovable thug like only he can. Pitts is just perfect as the bad singer who still wants her big break. Pitts has to sing the same song over and over again and her voice is just "perfect" in the sense that it's so bad that you can't help but fall for the song. The screenplay offers up some hilarious dialogue and especially all the back and forth between the gangsters and the show producer. I really liked how the producer was constantly putting down Pitts but Pendleton was too stupid to know what he was talking about so one of the goons had to translate it for him. Another surprising thing about this film is its "comedy" from the gangster beating up his first girlfriend. There are two different scenes of him smacking her around, which just goes to show what some considering humor in 1934. Still, SING AND LIKE IT is a highly enjoyable little comedy that deserves to be better known.

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