Teddy Taylor (David Manners) conducts his band
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Produced by||Lucien Hubbard|
|Screenplay by||Charles Kenyon|
|Story by||based on a story|
by Rian James
|Music by||Vitaphone Orchestra conducted by|
Leo F. Forbstein
|Edited by||Howard Bretherton|
|Distributed by||First National Pictures|
Crooner is a 1932 American pre-Code musical drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring David Manners along with Ann Dvorak and Ken Murray. It concerns the abrupt rise and fall of a popular crooner, Teddy Taylor.
A print is held by the Library of Congress.
Teddy Taylor is the leader of Ted Taylor's Collegians. One night, his usual singer can't sing. He decides to try out singing. However, his voice can't be heard over the band. A dancer stops and jokes with him by handing him a megaphone. Taylor sings through it, and he is heard. The ladies are enamored with his soft voice while the men are disgusted. Taylor becomes a big star over night, but his ego becomes inflated. Things come to a head when Taylor loses his temper and punches a heckler in the audience, who he didn't realize was a cripple. Shunned, he loses his girlfriend, his band, his fame, and his dignity.
In the final scene, as a drunk and unhappy Peter Sturgis, who promoted Teddy Taylor into a singing star and gave up his fiancée Judy Mason to him, continues to drink heavily in a speakeasy, an announcer on the speakeasy's radio proclaims, "…And now, it is our great privilege to bring to you the new sensation of the air, Bang Busby, who will croon for you in his inimitable manner, 'Sweethearts Forever'". As the song, which had already been sung a number of times by Teddy Taylor, begins to be heard, Sturgis grabs a bottle and hurls it at the radio, breaking it.
- "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town"
- "Sweethearts Forever"
- "Three's a Crowd"
- "I Send My Love With These Roses"
- Music by Joseph A. Burke
- Lyrics by Benny Davis
- "You're Just a Beautiful Melody of Love"
- Music by Bing Crosby and Babe Goldberg
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Crooner.|
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993:Crooner
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) page 37 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
- "Hot Off the Ether!". Screenland. New York: Screenland Magazine, Inc. September 1932. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- "Men of the Mike". Silver Screen. New York: Screenland Magazine, Inc. June 1932. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- "The Shadow Stage". Photoplay. New York: Photoplay Publishing Co. October 1932. Retrieved February 21, 2016.