Review: ‘Sing, Boy, Sing’

Ritz Bros, long in vaude, make their debut in this musical. They are a riot. After 20th-Fox saw them in this picture they were resigned. Ritzes are in the opening shot, sending the picture off to a flying start, doing a medley routine, heavily clowned up, that's mainly built around 'Music Goes 'Round'.

Ritz Bros, long in vaude, make their debut in this musical. They are a riot. After 20th-Fox saw them in this picture they were resigned. Ritzes are in the opening shot, sending the picture off to a flying start, doing a medley routine, heavily clowned up, that’s mainly built around ‘Music Goes ‘Round’.

Ritzes are cast into the story as performers, which is true, also, of Alice Faye, Ted Healy, Patsy Kelly and Tony Martin. Adolphe Menjou plays an actor with a Shakespearean complex and a lust for liquor. He is obviously doing a caricature of John Barrymore.

The story has Gregory Ratoff trying to get off coffee and cakes by selling Faye to the air lanes. Eventually he is trying to sell Menjou with Faye, with his difficulties opening up an avenue for situations that can’t help but land. Menjou’s craving for baby rum, which he thinks is South American brandy, becomes funny.

Sing, Boy, Sing

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Sidney Lanfield; Producer B.G. De Sylva; Screenplay Milton Sperling, Jack Yellen, Harry Tugend; Camera Peverell Marley; Editor Barbara McLean; Music Louis Silvers (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Alice Faye Adolphe Menjou Gregory Ratoff Ted Healy Patsy Kelly Michael Whalen
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