Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

89-90 mins | Musical | 26 May 1934

Director:

Ray Enright

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Before its release, the film was entitled Rhythm in the Air , On the Air and Hot Air . Jim Hollingwood, Eddie Bartell and Henry Taylor, who were billed onscreen by their names, prefaced by "The Three Radio Rogues," performed voice-over imitations of Bing Crosby, Morton Downey, Rudy Vallee, Ben Bernie , Arthur Tracy, Joe Penner, Kate Smith, and Amos 'n Andy in the film. A remake entitled My Dream Is Yours was filmed by Warner Bros. in 1949 with Doris Day and directed by Michael ... More Less

Before its release, the film was entitled Rhythm in the Air , On the Air and Hot Air . Jim Hollingwood, Eddie Bartell and Henry Taylor, who were billed onscreen by their names, prefaced by "The Three Radio Rogues," performed voice-over imitations of Bing Crosby, Morton Downey, Rudy Vallee, Ben Bernie , Arthur Tracy, Joe Penner, Kate Smith, and Amos 'n Andy in the film. A remake entitled My Dream Is Yours was filmed by Warner Bros. in 1949 with Doris Day and directed by Michael Curtiz. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Dec 33
p. 4.
Daily Variety
23 Mar 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
5 Apr 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Mar 34
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Mar 34
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Mar 34
p. 48.
New York Times
27 Apr 34
p. 25.
Variety
1 May 34
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Fair and Warmer," "Out for No Good," "What Are Your Intentions?" and "I'll String Along with You," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
"How'm I Doing?" music and lyrics by Don Redman
"The Man on the Flying Trapeze," words by George Leybourne, music by Gaston Lyle.
COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hot Air
On the Air
Rhythm in the Air
Release Date:
26 May 1934
Production Date:
began 28 December 1933
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 May 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4662
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Talent scout Rush Blake has gone through his advance from Consolidated Broadcasting Co. without finding a single new act. After he is fired, he goes to a restaurant looking for friends who might loan him train fare out of town, and discovers singing waiter Buddy Clayton, who draws a large female audience. Sure that he will be equally successful on the radio, Rush convinces Buddy to sell his car and come to New York with him. There Rush wangles an audition for Buddy, but he sings the same barroom song that was so popular at the restaurant and fails the audition. Afterward, Peggy Cornell, the "Cinderella Girl," visits Buddy at his hotel. Buddy sings her a song that children's radio performer Pete has just written, and to everyone's surprise, his voice is beautiful. When Sharpe, the head of the station, refuses to give Buddy another audition, Peggy pretends to faint on her own show, "The Carlotta Soap Program," and Buddy takes her place. Mrs. Brokman, the wife of the sponsor, loves his voice, as does everyone who hears it. Soon Buddy is the new star of "The Carlotta Soap Program," and Peggy, whose contract was bought out, is on her way to being a Broadway star. When news of Buddy's engagement to Peggy makes the papers, Sharpe is afraid that women will lose interest in Buddy if they know he is married. By lying to both Buddy and Peggy, Rush manages to break up the engagement, but Brokman now thinks that Buddy is involved with a married woman, thus compromising the purity of his soap. Contrite, Rush finds him a ... +


Talent scout Rush Blake has gone through his advance from Consolidated Broadcasting Co. without finding a single new act. After he is fired, he goes to a restaurant looking for friends who might loan him train fare out of town, and discovers singing waiter Buddy Clayton, who draws a large female audience. Sure that he will be equally successful on the radio, Rush convinces Buddy to sell his car and come to New York with him. There Rush wangles an audition for Buddy, but he sings the same barroom song that was so popular at the restaurant and fails the audition. Afterward, Peggy Cornell, the "Cinderella Girl," visits Buddy at his hotel. Buddy sings her a song that children's radio performer Pete has just written, and to everyone's surprise, his voice is beautiful. When Sharpe, the head of the station, refuses to give Buddy another audition, Peggy pretends to faint on her own show, "The Carlotta Soap Program," and Buddy takes her place. Mrs. Brokman, the wife of the sponsor, loves his voice, as does everyone who hears it. Soon Buddy is the new star of "The Carlotta Soap Program," and Peggy, whose contract was bought out, is on her way to being a Broadway star. When news of Buddy's engagement to Peggy makes the papers, Sharpe is afraid that women will lose interest in Buddy if they know he is married. By lying to both Buddy and Peggy, Rush manages to break up the engagement, but Brokman now thinks that Buddy is involved with a married woman, thus compromising the purity of his soap. Contrite, Rush finds him a job on Long Island, luring Peggy, Sharpe and the Brokmans to hear him. When Peggy and Buddy sing a duet, it is clear that no one minds if they get married after all. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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