Review: ‘The Crowd Roars’

All auto-race pictures lead to Indianapolis, and there is no deviation from that schedule here.

All auto-race pictures lead to Indianapolis, and there is no deviation from that schedule here.

Script doesn’t unfold unusual acting opportunities for any of the principals. In this instance James Cagney’s a front rank pilot who likes his grog and is mixed up with a girl by the time he revisits the old home town after achieving sport-page fame. The kid brother (Eric Linden) has caught the racing bug, too, and this provides the complication which has its source in the feminine angle.

Cagney, having added the brother to his crew, can’t reconcile himself to having the kid on too friendly terms with the girl with whom he’s been living (Ann Dvorak). To retaliate she sics her girlfriend (Joan Blondell), also of the same stripe, onto the brother, with this latter situation developing into a romance which splits the brothers.

Howard Hawks has received valiant service from his cameramen. The director doesn’t seem to have taken his own story too seriously, and the picture is cut so that it just about holds the continuity together, always with the hint that it’s anxious to get back to the track.

The Crowd Roars


Warner. Director Howard Hawks; Screenplay Howard Hawks, Seton I. Miller, Kubec Glasmon, John Bright; Camera Sid Hickox; Editor John Stumar, Thomas Pratt; Music Leo Forbstein (dir.);; Art Director Jack Okey


(B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 84 MIN.


James Cagney Joan Blondell Ann Dvorak Eric Linden Guy Kibbee Frank McHugh
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