Something to Sing About

James Cagney is compelling as a self-involved musician who makes it to the top.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: October 27, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1937
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 5


User Ratings: 102
Rating: 4/5 -- The higher rating for this low budget musical is for Cagney's great dance sequences.
Nov 1, 2008
What fun there is in Something to Sing About is in watching [James] Cagney dancing, fighting, and even dally. ing over the telephone. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Jul 23, 2019
Rating: B- -- Cagney is a treat to watch as he spoofs, hoofs and romances. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Nov 13, 2008

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Bandleader Terry Moore arrives in Hollywood to make his first motion picture. Terry resents it when the studio wants to remold his walk, his talk, his hair and his clothes. Studio boss Bennett Regan threatens to fire any employee who praises Terry's superb daily performances, in order to keep his arrogant star-to-be in check. Convinced he has failed as an actor, Terry marries his sweetheart, Rita, and takes off for exotic ports unknown. The movie is a big hit, and unbeknownst to Terry, he has become a star. But neither the studio, the press, nor the authorities have any clue regarding the whereabouts of their new sensation.

Hollywood legend James Cagney, taking a break from Warner Brothers Studio, delivers a knockout performance in this Grand National musical picture. William Frawley achieved iconic status at age 64, when he appeared as tightwad landlord Fred Mertz on the "I Love Lucy Show" (1951) and later as "Bub" on "My Three Sons" (1960). Supporting player Dwight Frye gave unforgettable performances in horror classics Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935).

Product Description:

Cagney is at his best as a Manhattan bandleader in this musical melodrama about Hollywood studio life. Taking a trip to L.A. with his wife, the studio system is soon spun wildly on its head after a series of unfortunate mishaps. Academy Award Nominations: Best Score.

Plot Synopsis:

Love conquers all in this lighthearted musical romp starring the inimitable Jimmy Cagney. Here he plays a happily married New York bandleader whose dreams seem to come true when he hits it big in tinseltown. But then he finds that the studio wants him to pretend that he's single -- his female fans prefer it that way! -- and he and his wife set about putting on a comic charade that will fool anyone...


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  • Sales Rank: 34,213
  • UPC: 089218592590
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