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Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 26 May 1934 (USA)
Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.


Ray Enright


Warren Duff (screen play), Harry Sauber (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Buddy Clayton
Pat O'Brien ... Rush Blake
Ginger Rogers ... Peggy Cornell
The Mills Brothers ... The Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Bros.)
Donald Mills ... Donald MIlls - Member of the Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ... Harry Mills - Member of the Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Herbert Mills - Member of the Mills Brothers
John Mills John Mills ... John Mills - Member of the Mills Brothers
Ted Fio Rito ... Ted Fio Rito - Band Leader
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra Ted Fio Rito Orchestra ... Ted Rio Rita and His Orchestra (as Ted Fio Rito and His Band)
Allen Jenkins ... Pete
Grant Mitchell ... Chester A. Sharpe
Joseph Cawthorn ... Herbert Brokman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Joan Wheeler Joan Wheeler ... Marge
Henry O'Neill ... Lemuel Tappan


Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

26 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Air See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Screenwriter Julius J. Epstein first arrived in Hollywood about 10:30 p.m. on October 14, 1933 and by midnight was collaborating on the screenplay of "Twenty Million Sweethearts" as pages had to be turned in early Monday morning. See more »


Pete: Well, I've put all the kiddies east of the Mississippi to bed. How's rehearsal?
Peggy Cornell: Oh awful. Some yokel stood outside the rehearsal hall making and stared at me until I nearly broke me up. What have you got a summons?
Pete: No, fan mail.
Peggy Cornell: Oh. Three of them. That's two more than last week! Your public are growing up and learning to write.
Pete: Listen to this: Dear Uncle Pete. I am well. How are you? I hear you on the radio every night. Great stuff for a he man poet... Have you heard my last poem, Peggy?
Peggy Cornell: I sure...
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Referenced in And She Learned About Dames (1934) See more »


Fair and Warmer
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Dick Powell
Reprised by the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
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"To Sing My Love Songs To"
6 October 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Twenty Million Sweethearts is out of that era of wonderful musical entertainment that Warner Brothers did the very best of in the Thirties. It's a musical about radio during that quarter of a century when it was the most popular entertainment medium. Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers play a pair of young hopefuls eager to break into radio and Pat O'Brien is Powell's discoverer/manager whose machinations get Powell in the door and almost out of the industry before he's started.

O'Brien played this part so often in those years he could have phoned in the performance, but it's what you expect of him. He finds Powell as a singing waiter doing a boffo version of The Man On The Flying Trapeze, a very popular song in 1934 with it getting a prominent place in It Happened One Night.

Pat may be a little too sharp for his own good, but he does know talent and he brings him to radio station owner Grant Mitchell and sponsor Joseph Cawthorn. They've got a girl singer in Ginger Rogers already, but Ginger and Dick hit it off. But there are complications and they make up the rest of this film.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote most of the original score for this film and the best song in the film is one of my personal favorite Dick Powell number, I'll String Along With You. It's sung both solo and as a duet with Rogers. Powell recorded it and Fair and Warmer for Brunswick records and it enjoyed a good sale during the Depression. It was recycled for Doris Day for her film My Dream Is Your's where it's done as a lullaby to her small son. But when you hear Powell do it, you will hear him at his best as a singer. Interestingly enough Doris's film is also about the radio industry. Powell also does a nice scat version with the Mills Brothers of Out For No Good which is also done by Rogers as a solo.

Twenty Million Sweethearts was done by Ginger on loan out from RKO where she had just signed a long term contract. She had just done Flying Down To Rio, her first with Fred Astaire. Previously she had worked with Powell though not opposite him in 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. Jack Warner thought they'd make a good team together and they did make some beautiful music and beautiful box office. But she made even bigger box office with Flying Down To Rio over at RKO with Astaire and RKO wasn't about to give her up. So the screen team of Powell and Rogers never made another film.

Take note of the performance of Allen Jenkins as the grouchy host of a kid's radio program, he's got some very nice lines. When you hear talk of a Hooper rating, back in the day that referred to the barometer of popularity, like the Nielsen is for today's television. I liked hearing the Radio Rogues, only hearing them mind you, at the beginning of the movie where you hear them do their imitations of the current radio stars. They had appeared in Bing Crosby's We're Not Dressing earlier in the year at Paramount and now that they were not in his film, his imitation is added to their repertoire.

Twenty Million Sweethearts is charming and entertaining with a nice cast going through their usual paces on screen. It may not be the best film ever made about radio, but until the day that one comes along, I'll string along with Twenty Million Sweethearts.

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