The Crowd Roars

1932

Action / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.2

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Reviewed by shane_604 7

As suggested in another review there was probably stuff left on the cutting room floor that would have filled in some holes in the plot. Still I disagree that we don&#39;t get the gist of this gripping melodrama or that the racing scenes aren&#39;t great. Cagney is a hard-boiled champion Indy driver, who goes a little psycho when his younger brother wants to follow in his footsteps. Suddenly, the girlfriend who loves him isn&#39;t good enough and her friend is a tramp. Before you can say &quot;You dirty rat!&quot;, the two brothers are alienated and the girl is broken-hearted. This sets up a great rivalry on the track and some heated racing scenes.<br/><br/>I beg to differ with the fussy earlier reviewer who lamented that the racing scenes were over edited. I found these scenes riveting and brilliant. Moreover, they convey a strong taste of a brand of racing long past where death was not so rare. They also show us film of some of the great cars of bygone days in action. Nowadays we are jaded with television cameras on board most high level events. But this footage rivals the modern one for pace and context with the advantage of placing us in a wilder sport. The track is more dangerous, the cars more primitive and of course modern racing is much more civilized.<br/><br/>However, the character Cagney plays is remarkably like many modern day racing greats living and dead due to their daring ways. maybe in their childhood they saw Cagney in this flick.

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 6

Jimmy Cagney plays a race car driver who&#39;s at the top of his game. When he returns home to visit family, he&#39;s shocked to find that his much younger brother has also taken up racing. Despite Jimmy loving his work, he knows it&#39;s dangerous and wants better for his kid brother. This sets the stage for a major falling out between them and eventually the young whippersnapper actually surpasses Cagney--leading to a dandy conclusion.<br/><br/>This is a very good, though not especially great film by Jimmy Cagney towards the beginning of his career. The acting, writing and direction are competent. However, just seven years later, the studio remade this movie--practically word-for-word in places and even using some of the same auto racing footage!!! Considering that the remake wasn&#39;t quite as good, lacked originality and lacked Cagney, I say it&#39;s best to stick with the original.<br/><br/>By the way, remaking movies--often using pretty much the original script--was a common practice in the 1930s--especially at Warner Brothers. Again and again, films were recycled--sometimes only a couple years later!

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Reviewed by AlsExGal 6

...instead it mainly confounds! Cagney did not like many of these early programmers that he got stuck in over at Warner Brothers. He felt them a waste. I would tend to disagree with him in most cases, but this time he was somewhat right.<br/><br/>Cagney plays top line race car driver Joe Greer. He&#39;s sleeping with and really actually living with Lee Merrick (Anne Dvorak), plus he likes the booze. Cagney is taking a train to his home town and treats Lee like a tell-tale whiskey bottle. She has to be stowed away along with his booze or else his virginal green kid brother, Eddie, will somehow be corrupted by her. Nothing makes a girl feel like a tramp more than being treated like one. Plus, to add insult to insult, Joe thinks that any girl that is a friend of Lee&#39;s must be a tramp just because she&#39;s Lee&#39;s friend after all. What a jerk.<br/><br/>During his trip home, Joe finds out Eddie (Eric Linden) has been trying his hand at racing himself, and in the end Joe decides to take Eddie under his wing and introduce him to professional racing. Well, this means that Lee can&#39;t travel around with Joe anymore, and he basically puts her in cold storage - seeming to continue to support her, but staying away. Lee convinces her friend, Anne (Joan Blondell) to break Eddie&#39;s heart and corrupt him so she can hurt Joe through Eddie.<br/><br/>Well, life is what happens when you&#39;re making plans, and Anne and Eddie actually fall for each other, as in wanting to get married, something Joe never offered Lee. When Joe finds out that his kid brother has been corrupted by Anne, he tells her to lay off, but both Eddie and Anne tell Joe to kiss off. The topper is when Joe finds out that Lee arranged the whole thing and Joe promises revenge for all concerned out on the racetrack. These things never end well.<br/><br/>A supporting character through this whole thing has been race car driver &quot;Spud&quot; (Frank McHugh). He&#39;s a nice guy, sober, everybody likes him, and he has an adoring wife and lovely kids. His baby&#39;s shoes are his good luck charm when he drives. So you just know in this rather obvious film you are waiting for two things - for Joe to wise up and eat a little humble pie and also for Spud to become mashed potatoes.<br/><br/>I&#39;ll let you watch and see how this all turns out, but I think you&#39;ll see the ending from a mile away. The question I was left with was, what DOES Anne see in Eddie? He really projects no personality whatsoever, and though Eric Linden is actually just three years younger than Joan Blondell, the age difference between the characters seems much larger than that. It is not that Joan seems old, not at all. It&#39;s just that Eric Linden seems so two-dimensional. Even when Anne is trying to explain her love of Eddie to Lee, all she can ever say is &quot;oh that kid&quot;.<br/><br/>I&#39;d recommend this one just to see that the success of some of Warner Brothers&#39; precodes and early programmers lay in their talented cast, not in the script. This is a good example of that.

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