The Crowd Roars


Ann Dvorak and James Cagney in The Crowd Roars (1932)

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The Crowd Roars


The Crowd Roars (1932) is one of two Howard Hawks films set in the world of auto racing.  He returned in 1965 for Red Line 7000.

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Frank McHugh as Spud Connors comes between race car driving brothers James Cagney and Eric Linden in The Crowd Roars (1932).  The racing parts were filmed at the Nutley Velodrome in Nutley, New Jersey.

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Joan Blondell in a pose from The Crowd Roars (1932) Howard Hawks recycled for Barbara Stanwyck with Gary Cooper in Ball of Fire (1942) and then again for Virginia Mayo in its remake A Song is Born (1948).

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James Cagney as race car driver Joe Greer in a publicity still for The Crowd Roars (1932)

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Joan Blondell as Ann in The Crowd Roars (1932).  Though the film is set in the auto racing world, there are no female auto racers in the film, and its a good thing, as Joan doesn’t have much of a crash helmet.

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The Crowd Roars is Howard Hawks’ 12th film.

The Crowd Roars premiered Apr 16, 1932

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Joan Blondell shares a primitive elevator with Eric Linden in The Crowd Roars (1932)

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howardhawkshollywood: “Ann Dvorak in The Crowd Roars ”

Howard Hawks discovery Ann Dvorak as Lee Merrick in a publicity still for The Crowd Roars (1932).  Hawks discovered her at a party he through while he was still casting Scarface and offered her a screen test, leading to her breakthrough role as Tony Camonte’s sister Cesca.

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Race car driver Billy Arnold as himself in a publicity still for The Crowd Roars (1932).  He appeared in one of the three racing sequences in the film.  His other film appearance was also as himself in Indianapolis Speedway (1939).