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Broken Hearts of Broadway (1923)

The story of a young actress trying to attain stardom on Broadway.




Cast overview:
Mary Ellis
George Colton
Bubbles Revere
Barney Ryan
Lydia Ryan
An Outcast
Tony Merlo ...
Tony Guido (as Anthony Merlo)
Arthur Stuart Hull ...
Barry Peale
Freeman Wood ...
Frank Huntleigh


Stage-struck country girl Mary Ellis ( Colleen Moore ) arrives in New York and gets a job with a chorus line. She is soon out of work for repulsing the attentions of the show owner. George ( Johnnie Walker ) , a songwriter, befriends her and gets her a job in a Chinese cabaret. By a combination of circumstances, Mary is falsely accused of the murder of the show owner's friend. Mary is freed through the devoted efforts of George, who becomes her husband. They both become successful when George writes a hit play, starring Mary, based on their experiences. Written by Pamela Short

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July 1923 (USA)  »

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Operettestjernen  »

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Colleen Moore and That's About It
2 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing special in this Broadway story of the 20s. Moore is a hick who comes to New York to be a star. She is befriended by everyone, including an aspiring (Johnnie Walker) song writer and a chorus girl (Alice Lake) with big dreams. She's also taken in by the narrator, a cab driver (Tully Marshall) who tells the story to a failure (Creighton Hale), and his wife (Kate Price). Starts out nicely with some nice camera shots but soon becomes dull and staid. Part of the problem is that Moore never does anything. We see a glimpse of her performing in a splendid Chinese joint, but that goes nowhere. Lake, on the other hand, does a nice dance in a see-through skirt (fringed with fur), but there's not much "show biz" in this Broadway tale. Walker seems a bit dull here, and reminds one of a young Lyle Talbot. There's also an hysterical Italian painter and a couple of dull businessmen, but they add little to the story. Too bad. This film came out the same year as Moore's legendary smash hit, Flaming Youth (now lost), the film that made her one of the biggest stars of the 20s.

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