Born to Sing (1942 film)
|Born to Sing|
|Directed by||Edward Ludwig|
|Written by||Franz Schulz|
|Starring||Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey, Douglas McPhail, Lester Matthews, Murray Saunders, Rags Ragland, Sheldon Leonard|
|Edited by||Robert J. Kern|
Frank Eastman is a down-on-his-luck show tune composer. He wrote some music while in prison which was subsequently stolen by well-to-do show promoter Arthur Cartwright. When Eastman's teenage daughter Patsy befriends some boys her age who plead with Cartwright to get Eastman the credit he is due. Cartwright calls the police, claiming extortion.
When the boys are arrested, they are placed in the same paddy wagon as gangster Pete Detroit. Pete's gang frees them all.
Patsy and the boys decide they can prove Eastman is the true composer if they perform a show before Cartwright's show debuts. They recruit neighborhood children and teens to perform.
- Virginia Weidler as Patsy Eastman
- Ray McDonald as Steve
- Leo Gorcey as "Snap" Collins
- Douglas McPhail as Murray Saunders
- Rags Ragland as Grunt
- Sheldon Leonard as Pete Detroit
- Henry O'Neill as Frank Eastman
- Larry Nunn as Mike Conroy
- Margaret Dumont as Mrs. E. V. Lawson
- Beverly Hudson as Maggie Cooper
- Richard Hall as Mozart Cooper
- Darla Hood as Quiz Kid
- June Preston singer "Ballad for Americans"
- Lester Matthews as Arthur Cartwright
- Ben Carter as Eight Ball
- Lee Phelps as Mr. Porter
- Connie Gilchrist as Welfare Worker
- Cy Kendall as Police Captain
The film made $298,000 in the US and Canada and $245,000 elsewhere, making MGM a loss of $138,000.