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The Crowd Roars (1932 film)

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Director  Howard Hawks
Country  United States
6.4/10 IMDb

Genres  Drama, Action Film
Language  English
The Crowd Roars (1932 film) movie poster
Writer  John Bright, Niven Busch, Kubec Glasmon, Seton I. Miller
Release date  April 16, 1932 (1932-04-16) (U.S.)
Cast  James Cagney (Joe Greer), Joan Blondell (Anne Scott), Ann Dvorak (Lee Merrick), Eric Linden (Edward 'Eddie' Greer), Guy Kibbee (Pop Greer), Frank McHugh (Spud Connors)
Cinematography  Sidney Hickox, John Stumar
Similar movies  Rush, 1: Life on the limit, Grease, Grand Prix, Super Speedway, Running on Empty
Tagline  Ablaze with excitement-Heart pounding romance Women never Forget!

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The Crowd Roars is a 1932 American pre-Code film directed by Howard Hawks starring James Cagney and featuring Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden, Guy Kibbee, and Frank McHugh. A film of the same name was made in 1938 with a different story line, starring Robert Taylor.


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The driver in the film's auto racing sequences was Harry Hartz, a successful board track and Indianapolis 500 race professional. It was remade in 1939 as Indianapolis Speedway with Pat O'Brien in Cagney's role, Ann Sheridan in Blondell's role, and McHugh playing the same role he played in the original.

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Motor racing champion Joe Greer (James Cagney) returns home to compete in an exhibition race featuring his younger brother Eddie, who has aspirations of becoming a champion. Joe's misogynistic obsession with "protecting" Eddie (Eric Linden) from "women" causes Joe to interfere with Eddie's relationship with Anne (Joan Blondell), leading to estrangement between Joe and Eddie, and between Joe and his longtime girlfriend Lee (Ann Dvorak), who is made to feel "not good enough" to be around Eddie.

During the race, a third driver, Spud Connors (Frank McHugh), wrecks and is burned alive. Driving lap after lap through the flames and the smell of burning flesh (and maybe past the burning body) while blaming himself for the accident, Joe loses his will to race. Eddie goes on to win. Afterward, Joe's career plummets as Eddie's rises. The power of love eventually triumphs and Joe's career and his relationships with Lee and Eddie are rehabilitated.

Cast (in credits order)

  • James Cagney as Joe Greer
  • Joan Blondell as Anne Scott
  • Ann Dvorak as Lee Merrick
  • Eric Linden as Edward 'Eddie' Greer
  • Guy Kibbee as Pop Greer
  • Frank McHugh as Spud Connors
  • Billy Arnold as Himself
  • Fred Frame as Himself
  • Ralph Hepburn as Himself
  • Wilbur Shaw as Himself
  • Shorty Cantlon as Himself
  • Mel Keneally as Himself
  • Stubby Stubblefield as Himself
  • Production

    Certain scenes were filmed at the now defunct Nutley Velodrome race track in Nutley, New Jersey with Harry Hartz standing in for James Cagney.

    Sentimentalism is downplayed in this "pre-Code" film. The lingering stench of Spud's burning body is implied strongly by the horrified expression on each driver's face as he passes through the smoke and tongue of burning gasoline that marks the wreck site, sometimes pushing his scarf against his nose.


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