Kid Nightingale

Kid Nightingale is a 1939 American musical comedy film directed by George Amy and written by Charles Belden and Raymond L. Schrock. The film stars John Payne, Jane Wyman, Walter Catlett, Edward Brophy, Charles D. Brown, Max Hoffman Jr., and John Ridgely. The film was released by Warner Bros. on November 4, 1939.[1][2][3]

Kid Nightingale
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Amy
Produced byBryan Foy
Screenplay byCharles Belden
Raymond L. Schrock
Story byLee Katz
StarringJohn Payne
Jane Wyman
Walter Catlett
Edward Brophy
Charles D. Brown
Max Hoffman Jr.
John Ridgely
Music byHoward Jackson
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byFrederick Richards
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 4, 1939 (1939-11-04)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States


Singing waiter Steve Nelson flattens a customer who heckles him. Skip Davis, a trainer of prizefighters, witnesses this and proposes a new career to Steve, who agrees on the condition voice coach Rudolfo Terrassi is hired to help train him as a singer as well.

Women flock to ringside to watch the handsome Steve, dubbed "Kid Nightingale" for his singing talents. Steve is unaware that Skip and promoter Charles Paxton have fixed a number of fights, planning to bet on Steve to lose when he is pitted against a genuine opponent.

Judy Craig, the fighter's fiancée, recognizes Terrassi to be an impostor, actually wrestler Strangler Colombo in disguise. She brings the real Terrassi to the ring, where Steve, realizing he has been hoodwinked, promptly knocks out his foe, ruining his trainer's scheme and quitting boxing for good.



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