Review: ‘Something to Sing About’

James Cagney's second independently produced film for Grand National release is a first-class comedy with music. He sings, dances and plays a romantic juvenile. Having been a song-and-dance man originally, he does that well.

James Cagney’s second independently produced film for Grand National release is a first-class comedy with music. He sings, dances and plays a romantic juvenile. Having been a song-and-dance man originally, he does that well.

It is difficult to draw the line of commendation between Cagney and Victor Schertzinger, who wrote the original story, composed the music and lyrics of some tuneful numbers, and then cast and directed the piece with imagination.

Schertzinger’s hero is a band leader from a New York cafe who is beguiled to take a fling at picture acting. There is the overnight sensational screen success, but the consequences are amusing and farcical.

Newcomer Evelyn Daw is given the supporting lead and does everything which Schertzinger demands. She sings four numbers and makes a good impression. William Frawley, as a studio press agent, has one of his best roles and gets laughs with a minimum of effort.

Something to Sing About

US - UK

Production

Grand National. Director Victor Schertzinger; Producer Zion Myers; Screenplay Austin Parker; Camera John Stumar; Editor Gene Milford; Music Constantin Bakaleinikoff; Art Director Robert Lee, Paul Murphy

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

James Cagney Evelyn Daw William Frawley Mona Barrie Gene Lockhart James Newill
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