The Crowd Roars (1932)

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Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

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  • Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak in The Crowd Roars (1932)
  • James Cagney and Joan Blondell in The Crowd Roars (1932)
  • James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Fred Frame, Guy Kibbee, Eric Linden, Frank McHugh, and Wilbur Shaw in The Crowd Roars (1932)
  • James Cagney and Joan Blondell in The Crowd Roars (1932)
  • James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden, and Frank McHugh in The Crowd Roars (1932)
  • Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak in The Crowd Roars (1932)

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6 January 2008 | MartinHafer
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| It's best to stick with the original
Jimmy Cagney plays a race car driver who's at the top of his game. When he returns home to visit family, he's shocked to find that his much younger brother has also taken up racing. Despite Jimmy loving his work, he knows it'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.

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't quite as good, lacked originality and lacked Cagney, I say it's best to stick with the original.

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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