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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 20 September 1935 (USA)
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Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show. He gets an offer of money by Lillian, if she can dance in his show. Gordon's old class mate Irene, tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lillian insists in getting this part herself.

Directors:

Roy Del Ruth, W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screen play), Sid Silvers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Bert Keeler
Eleanor Powell ... Irene Foster
Robert Taylor ... Bob Gordon
Una Merkel ... Kitty Corbett
Sid Silvers ... Snoop
Buddy Ebsen ... Ted Burke
June Knight ... Lillian Brent
Vilma Ebsen ... Sally Burke
Nick Long Jr. ... Basil
Robert Wildhack Robert Wildhack ... The Snorer
Paul Harvey ... Managing Editor
Frances Langford ... Frances Langford
Harry Stockwell ... Harry Stockwell
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Storyline

Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lillian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a newspaper man, gets this information and is writing about this in his column in an slightly unfriendly way. Gordon's old class mate Irene Forster, a tap dancer from Albany also tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lillian insists in getting this part herself. So Irene Forster, Bert Keeler and Gordon's secretary Kitty start a little game to get Irene the leading role. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

20 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Melody of 1935 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee of the year to be also nominated for Best Story. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 6:45, Snoop (Sid Silvers) looks out of the window of Bert Keeler (Jack Benny)'s Manhattan office, checking out a penthouse party on a rooftop below but casting a shadow on an overly-lit scrim meant to simulate panes of window glass between him and a painted backdrop of New York. See more »

Quotes

Bert Keeler: Well of all the dumb guys...
Snoop: Don't worry about Corbett, she won't tip the gag, she said so.
Bert Keeler: Just the same I gotta find out who this Arlette dame is that Gordon's got signed up.
Snoop: Well whadda ya want me to do?
Bert Keeler: Go down to the ocean and pull a wave over your head!
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Alternate Versions

A 14,000 feet long print was shown as preview in early August 1935 in several Californian cinemas. It included, at least three additional songs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Broadway Melody
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Harry Stockwell in the first scene
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One of the glitziest musicals ever produced.
29 March 2007 | by jpickerelSee all my reviews

The songs in this film are classics. "Dream of You", "Lucky Star" are just two of the best every written. The choreography is what you learn to expect from the likes of Eleanor Powell, Buddy Ebsen and Nick Lang. And you get a rare chance to glimpse the talents of Vilma Ebsen, Buddy's sister. (One of the few negatives of the film is Vilma's lack of acting ability. But this is a very small distraction.)

Robert Taylor is his silky smooth self. Normally easy to dislike in other films, his character (the producer) comes off as likable and honest.

If you are an Una Merkel fan, as I am, she would be reason enough to spend the time watching this picture. She is her adorable self, as Taylor's secretary.

Powell shows up as an ex girl friend from Albany, with stars in her eyes, looking for a break in show business, only to be turned away by Taylor, who honestly believes Broadway is no place for this innocent. Eleanor has a tough time emoting with the veteran actors here, and her shallow acting talent can be a little grating at times. But her dancing and off beat beauty far over ride any real distractions.

Jack Benny has a chance to display an edgier side; one which we are not used to seeing from him, and it both surprising and gratifying to see how well he carried it off.

This is one of those films you can dust off and watch any time you're feeling the need for a shot of simpler, easier times.


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