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Battling Hoofer is the reissue title of the 1936 James Cagney vehicle Something to Sing About. Cagney plays Terry Rooney, a New York bandleader who heads to Hollywood when he is offered a movie contract. The down-to-Earth Rooney resists the "star treatment," an attitude misinterpreted by movie executive Bennett O. Regan (Gene Lockhart) as arrogance. When Terry's first film is a hit, Regan orders everyone involved to keep its success a secret from Terry, lest he develop a swelled head! (We don't believe it either.) The best sequence has Rooney chewing out his Asian houseboy, Ito (Philip Ahn), whereupon he drops his "So solly" pidgin English and begins talking like a Harvard professor! Terry gets to romance newcomer Evelyn Daw, as well as veteran vamp Mona Barrie; he also gets to participate in several lively dance numbers. Something to Sing About was the second of Jimmy Cagney's films for Poverty Row studio Grand National: the production values and snappy script work that he might have enjoyed at Warner Bros. are noticeably lacking, but Cagney is always fun to watch. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Victor Schertzinger Best Score 1937 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Constantin Bakaleinikoff Best Score 1937 Nominee

Cast

James Cagney
as Terry Rooney
Evelyn Daw
as Rita Wyatt
William Frawley
as Hank Meyers
Mona Barrie
as Stephanie Hajos
Gene Lockhart
as Bennet O. Regan
James Newill
as Orchestra Soloist
Cully Richards
as Soloist
Candy Candido
as Candy
Richard Tucker
as Blaine
Dwight Frye
as Easton
Johnny Arthur
as Daviani
Philip Ahn
as Ito
Kathleen Lockhart
as Miss Robins
Kenneth Harlan
as Transportation manager
Herbert Rawlinson
as Studio attorney
John Miller
William B. Davidson
as Cafe manager
Chick Collins
as Man Terry fights
Duke Green
as Man
Joe Bennett
as Dancer
Bill Carey
as Singer
Frank Mills
as Cabby
Larry Steers
as Studio official
Eddie Kane
as S.F. theatre mgr.
Edward Hearn
as Studio guard
Bob McKenzie
as Ships captain
Alphonse Martell
as Head Waiter
Edward Hearn
as Studio guard
Eddie Kane
as S.F. theatre mgr.
Bob McKenzie
as Ships captain
William B. Davidson
as Cafe manager
Duke Green
as Man
Chick Collins
as Man Terry fights
Larry Steers
as Studio official
Joe Bennett
as Dancer
Bill Carey
as Singer
Frank Mills
as Cabby

Crew

Victor Schertzinger
Director
Zion Myers
Producer
Austin Parker
Screenwriter
John Stumar
Cinematographer
Victor Schertzinger
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Lewis
Production Manager
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