Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)

Sing Baby Sing Poster Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)

Run time: 90 min
Rating: 7.0
Genres: Musical
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Milton Sperling, Harry Tugend
Stars: Alice Faye, Adolphe Menjou, Gregory Ratoff
Storyline
Nightclub singer Joan Warren’s agent Nicky puts her into situations designed to advance her career.
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Release Date: 21 August 1936 (USA)

3 Comments

  1. IMDBReviewer

    September 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    "Sing, Baby, Sing" is a passable, sometimes alluring lightweight Fox musical starring Alice Faye, Gregory Ratoff, Patsy Kelly, Adolph Menjou, and introducing The Ritz Brothers. Faye is an aspiring singer/actress who becomes involved with a drunken Shakespearean actor Bruce Farraday(Menjou). Farraday becomes infatuated with Joan after seeing her one night in a nightclub. Joan’s agent(Ratoff) sees this occasion as a way of advancing her showbiz career. Patsy Kelly provides good supporting role as Fiz, Joan’s friend. The Ritz Brothers perform their often hilarious, often annoying shenanigans, interrupting the story for their routine comic acts. As the other user-comment has said, "Sing,Baby,Sing" is mainly for fans of Alice Faye. It is a good early role for Faye to shine and sparkle, but it is way below her best, most spirited musicals at Fox.

  2. IMDBReviewer

    September 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    This movie is for fans of Alice Faye and Patsy Kelly, and probably film collectors. The movie isn’t the greatest, but every studio now and then makes films so actors and actresses have something to do. This movie is what you call a "B" movie. The singing of Alice Faye keeps you watching, the music and dancing is a most, especially if you wanna see how nightclubs, songs, dancing, and life was like in the mid-1930s. Patsy Kelly a great, forgotten comic, keeps you smiling and laughing with her quick one-liners and wisecracks. Patsy Kelly was a skilled, natural comic, she could give Lucille Ball, Martha Raye, Jean Arthur, June Allyson, Ann Sothern, and Carole Lombard a run for their money. All of them were great, but Patsy Kelly had a style of their own. She could also sing and dance. Their were many great female comics, more then men in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Patsy Kelly is a treat.

    But, some of the forgotten men were The Ritz Brothers are a funny, dancing team, their what you call musical comedy. When Daryll Zanuck saw them in a nightclub he signed them quickly. Basically the movie is about Joan Warren-Alice Faye, who wants to make it, but she doesn’t want to be something she’s not to make it, but her agent will do anything, anything for her to make it, and while he’s doing it they run into all kinds of "drama" but through it all the songs, music, dancing prevail. Great movie if you can catch it on tv.

  3. IMDBReviewer

    September 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Radio singer Alice Faye finds out that her radio job is ending due to the obsession with publicity-seeking society girls with no talent and nothing else to do. With the help of agent Gregory Ratoff, she tries to pose as one of those girls (who actually has talent) yet fails to land a contract. When a drunken John Barrymore like movie actor (Adolphe Menjou) falls under her spell, she begins to get some unwanted publicity as a gold digger, and his agent strains to keep them apart. There's really little more to the plot than that, several mediocre Ritz Brothers sketches thrown in for groans, showing the audience laughing hysterically at their antics, including one "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde" sketch that isn't even remotely amusing. A magic act by Ted Healy while Patsy Kelly sings a medley of past 20th Century Fox movie themes is much funnier. Tony Martin comes in late as an electric company employee who is discovered by Faye simply walking down the street and ends up on the finale radio show as well. Faye's sultry singing voice is well utilized, as in the title song and the haunting "You Turned the Tables on Me". The result is mixed, fun comedy with Healy and Kelly, the husky voiced Faye very likable, yet plot wise, pretty weak. Menjou's spoof of the Barrymore image, though, is very funny, with references to "Hamlet" which ironically had two productions on Broadway the same year at the same time.

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