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Original Title: Born To Sing
Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested for extortion, of which they are innocent. Luckily, they are in the same paddy wagon as Pete and when his gang springs Pete, the boys are sprung. The only way that they can prove now that the songs are Frank's is to put on a show before Cartwright show 'Melody for You' opens. The boys and Patsy find a theater, paint the scenery and put all the kids in the neighborhood to work on the show. Pete Detroit makes sure that Cartwright's show does not open on the same night and that his cabs bring in an audience.
"Snap" Collins and Steve prevent the suicide of Frank Eastman, and learn from his daughter, Patsy, the cause of his despair. Eastman had composed a song and submitted it to a show producer who was using it and disputing Eastman's authorship. The producer tricks "Snap" and Steve into accepting a check, and then has them arrested as extortionists. They are rescued from police custody by a racketeer's henchmen, trying to spring their boss, and hide out in a loft, where they rehearse and put on a show that clears both Eastman and themselves
Edward Ludwig directed this B movie musical written by Harry Clork and Franz Spencer (aka Schulz) which stars Virginia Weidler (in lieu of Judy Garland) along with Leo Gorcey and a couple of other Dead End Kid/Bowery Boy types like dancing Ray McDonald and Larry Nunn (in lieu of Mickey Rooney).
This light and airy MGM escape-fare even features a patriotic Busby Berkeley choreographed finale sung by ill-fated baritone Douglas McPhail (his last film). The cast is loaded with other recognizable faces including Rags Ragland, Sheldon Leonard, Henry O'Neill, Margaret Dumont, Our Gang's Darla Hood, and the prolific Charles Lane and Ian Wolfe (uncredited).
'Snap' Collins (Gorcey) has just gotten out of the New York Penitentiary, later referred to as reform school, and is met by his friend Steve (McDonald). Shortly thereafter, they run into another friend Mike Conroy (Nunn), who's wearing Snap's old favorite suit; so he chases Mike into a building and up the stairs and the three of them end up in an apartment where they smell gas. Upon investigation, they discover Frank Eastman (O'Neill), who's just tried to kill himself because he couldn't go on any longer. After the 'boys' save his life, Eastman's daughter Patsy (Weidler) arrives and first assumes the boys were trying to rob her father. Mike had found and pocketed the suicide note before she could see it. However, the truth comes out - Eastman's musical compositions had been 'stolen' by show producer Arthur Cartwright (Lester Matthews), actually it was Cartwright's agent (Lane) who had taken them because of the producer's recent failures. Eastman couldn't go to the police, or take Cartwright to court, because he felt no one would believe him over the famous producer; Eastman had written them while serving his time in prison.
Because Patsy is cute, the boys want to help her. They go to Cartwright's to try to get his music back, but are unsuccessful even though Steve impressed the producer with his dancing skills. In fact, Cartwright writes the boys a check and then calls the police to arrest them on blackmail charges. While being taken in, the boys find themselves in the same paddy wagon as the infamously corrupt cab company owner Pete Detroit (Leonard). Detroit's gang, which includes 'Grunt' (Ragland), turns over the paddy wagon and busts them all out of 'jail'. While hiding out in a former Nazi Bundist they discover, the boys learn they were identified in the escape, and meet 'Eight ball' (Ben Carter), a stereotypical Black character who's the custodian there. They decide to stay off the streets, but they also hatch a plan, with Patsy who they'd rescued from a welfare worker (Connie Gilchrist), to put on a show of her father's tunes before Cartwright, to prove that they were his in the first place, and that they'd been stolen.
The boys proceed in hiring kids, including 'Quiz Kid' (Hood), off the streets for their production. When Patsy dressed in black-face and Eight ball visit Eastman in jail, he'd been accused of the same bogus blackmail charge, they learn that he no longer has a copy of his music. However, a talented youngster named Mozart (Richard Hall) with perfect pitch is able to copy down the stanzas while Patsy plays the songs on a harmonica. But Detroit catches up with them, it seems he's been implicated in the same blackmail scheme, and is about to take the boys in to explain that he's not involved before Patsy tells her sob story and wins him over. Detroit then decides to help, by supplying a singer within his employ, Murray Saunders (McPhail) for the show, making sure Cartwright's production is disrupted and his audience kidnapped and taken to the kids' show! Of course, their production (which is the last third of the film) is a big success, winning over Mrs. E. V. Lawson (Dumont) and a Broadway critic (Wolfe), who befuddle the police captain (Cy Kendall) when he stops the performance before the big finale. The show must go on; McPhail's rendition of the aforementioned flag- waving song ends the movie.
It's been suggested that the ending of "Born to Sing" was some sort of jingoistic war- promoting effort spliced on the end of this film--and it certainly was badly spliced, especially since we are not shown its effect on the audience, which up until the end has been a living part of the film. It should be said, though, that the piece "Ballad for Americans" which concludes the film actually was written for a WPA Theatre production, "Sing for Your Supper," in 1939. This show, 18 months in rehearsal, brought about the end of WPA's "Federal Theatre Project" and never reached much of an audience.
"Ballad for Americans," though, was written by John Latouche and Earl Robinson, who later produced one of the best American operas, "The Ballad of Baby Doe." The "Ballad for Americans" was introduced on radio by Paul Robeson, who recorded it as did Bing Crosby, and both recordings were best-sellers. The piece was actually performed at the 1940 Republican AND American Communist Party Conventions, and remained in the repertoire through the 1960's. The piece seems rather dated and jingoistic today, though oddly enough it was considered pretty left-wing at the time! I've always had a soft spot for it, as did my high school choir director. The shouted/spoken parts of the piece were a popular device of the time, another practice that lingered through the 1960's in various guises. I think that its inclusion in the film was meant to show just what a fine composer the Virginia Weidler character's father (Henry O'Neill) was (although it stretches the imagine a bit to think that in a couple of evenings Virginia could play it out a few notes at a time on the harmonica and have it transposed by an eight-year-old kid ("Mozart"--Richard Hall) who has to draw his own staff paper.) Unfortunately, we don't know whether it did that or not, because the film ends abruptly at the end of the piece--almost as if the production had run out of money so everybody went home.
Actually, I think it was pretty spiffily staged by Busby Berkeley, in a way that is reminiscent of his "Forgotten Man" number at Warner's and in a way that recalls the Deco/Moderne style of much of WPA art.
It should also be noted that Joe Yule is featured in a (very) minor role here at a time when his son, Mickey Rooney (AKA Joe, Jr.), was MGM's biggest meal ticket.
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