The Crowd Roars

Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak are dating auto racing brothers in The Crowd Roars (1932).

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The Crowd Roars

James Cagney has no safety protection as race car driver Joe Greer in The Crowd Roars (1932).

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The car racing in The Crowd Roars (1932) may be primitive, but it is nevertheless thrilling even in the 21st century.

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The Crowd Roars (1932) is the first of two Howard Hawks movies in the world of competitive auto racing.  Later in his career, he made Red Line 7000 (1965).

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Frank McHugh holds back James Cagney from a fight with his kid brother Eric Linden in The Crowd Roars (1932).

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Eric Linden is James Cagney’s kid brother Eddie Greer in The Crowd Roars (1932).  Eric was born in New York City and had 33 credits in his career, from 1931 to 1941.  None of his other films are worth mentioning, although he was an amputee victim in Gone With the Wind.

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James Cagney in the first of two films he made with Howard Hawks at Warner Brothers, The Crowd Roars (1932).  In 1936 he was a pilot in Ceiling Zero.

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Eric Linden and Joan Blondell in The Crowd Roars (1932).

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James Cagney is not happy with his kid brother and his girl Joan Blondell in The Crowd Roars (1932).

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James Cagney, Joan Blondell and Frank McHugh behind the scenes of The Crowd Roars (1932).

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

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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)