The Canary Comes Across (1938)

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A prisoner with a good singing voice escapes, only to grow jealous when an opera singer who looks like him is delivered back to the prison and receives attention, especially from Ann, the warden's daughter who leads the prison glee club.


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14 April 2018 | boblipton
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| Singing Jailbirds
Erik Rhodes gets a leading role -- albeit in a short -- in this MGM musical two-reeler about a a singing convict who escapes from prison, putting the kibosh on the convicts taking part in a chorale competition. One of the convicts threatens to rat out the opera-loving gangsters unless they finger him for the authorities.

Rhodes, despite being best known for playing neurasthenic Italians in Astaire-Rogers musicals in the 1930s, was born in Oklahoma.

Like many of the MGM shorts of this period, it comes off as more bizarre than funny, but the squeaky-clean prison with its extensive rose garden takes this one to new realms of silliness.

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