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Sing, You Sinners (1938)

Of the singing Beebe brothers, young Mike just wants to be a kid; responsible Dave wants to work in his garage and marry Martha; but feckless Joe thinks his only road to success is through ... See full summary »

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (original story), Claude Binyon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Joe Beebe
Fred MacMurray ... David Beebe
Donald O'Connor ... Mike Beebe
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Daisy Beebe aka Mother Beebe
Ellen Drew ... Martha Randall
John Gallaudet ... Harry Ringmer
William Haade ... Pete
Paul White Paul White ... Filter - Stable Boy
Irving Bacon ... Lecturer on Seals
Tom Dugan ... Race Track Fan
Herbert Corthell Herbert Corthell ... Night Club Manager
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Storyline

Of the singing Beebe brothers, young Mike just wants to be a kid; responsible Dave wants to work in his garage and marry Martha; but feckless Joe thinks his only road to success is through swapping and gambling. It seems the only thing all three can join in is their singing act, which Mike and Dave hate. Finally, all Joe's hopes are pinned on a race horse he's acquired, but it's a bigger gamble than his family knows. Hilarious sequence involving a lecturer on seals. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You'll love the "Beebes"...They're the gol-darndest family! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les bébés turbulents See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 7, 1945 with Bing Crosby again reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

LAUGH AND CALL IT LOVE
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Johnny Burke (as John Burke)
Sung by Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, Donald O'Connor
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Bing plays a real screw-up!
21 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie has three of the most unlikely actors playing brothers--Bing Crosby (Joe), Fred MacMurray (David) and a very young Donald O'Connor (Mike). The three occasionally make money singing together as an odd little trio. Why the studio put MacMurray in the film is odd. He looks nothing like Crosby and his singing is only fair. As for O'Conner he's 20 years younger than the other two...but at least he sings nicely for a kid.

The film is about a family where the oldest brother, Joe, is an irresponsible dreamer. He always has a scheme and does things like drives drunk and makes promises he never can keep. When he announces he's bought a business and he's going to take care of the family, they're all shocked to see that instead he's bought a race horse...and no longer has a dime to his name. So, on occasion, the three brothers need to sing to make ends meet and life if tough for their Ma (Elizabeth Patterson)...as well as David who wants to be able to marry and settle down.

The film is extremely slight--with singing and dancing and a lot of clichés. Also, Crosby plays such an unlikable guy that after a while, I found my attention waning and I was looking forward to it all ending. Not a terrible film but certainly not all that good considering the stars.


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