Born to Sing (1942 film)

Born to Sing is a 1942 American feature film directed by Edward Ludwig starring Virginia Weidler and Ray McDonald.

Born to Sing
Film poster
Directed byEdward Ludwig
Written byFranz Schulz
Harry Clork
StarringVirginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey, Douglas McPhail, Lester Matthews, Murray Saunders, Rags Ragland, Sheldon Leonard
CinematographySidney Wagner
Edited byRobert J. Kern
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
CountryUnited States
Box office$543,000[1]


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.



The film made $298,000 in the US and Canada and $245,000 elsewhere, making MGM a loss of $138,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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