I’ve Got to Sing a Torch Song (1933)

I've Got to Sing a Torch Song ReviewI’ve got to Sing a Torch Song Review

I’ve Got to Sing a Torch Song is a 1933 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a standard parody.

This is another one of those Merry Melodies from the thirties that is basically a parody of various celebrities of its time. Some I did not get, but some were quite funny with the highlights being James Cagney, Greta Garbo and Mae West. Those three are very funny here, but maybe they focused on Mae West too much as this is probably the fourth or so time that they portrayed her in this series.

The plot is non-existent and the film is just an excuse to venture into various pop-culture gags. Now, because only a couple of them were amusing, I found the film to be lacking and that gag-oriented choice to be overly excessive. The titular musical number is very good, but the film is so crowded with characters and so fast paced that it becomes way too frenetic.

I’ve Got to Sing a Torch Song is frenetic and crowded, but with some nice celebrity gags in it.

My Rating – 3.3

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  1. Hi from a postcrossing fan! I love these old cartoons. It is interesting that they were such a big part of social life as well as major entertainment. Thank you for the review.

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