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The Broadway Melody (1929)

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Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet,... See full summary »



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Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet, but when he meets Queenie, he falls in love to her, but she is courted by Jock Warriner, a member of the New Yorker high society. It takes a while till Queenie recognizes, that she is for Jock nothing more than a toy, and it also takes a while till Harriet recognizes, that Eddie is in love with Queenie. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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The pulsating drama of Broadway's bared heart speaks and sings with a voice to stir your soul! See more »


Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

6 June 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1929  »

Box Office


$379,000 (estimated)


$2,808,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)|


| (2-Strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first all-talking musical feature. Also the first musical to spawn sequels (three more Broadway Melody films would appear between 1935 and 1940). See more »


Eddie Kearns: Those men aren't going to pay ten bucks to look at your face; this is Broadway!
Hank Mahoney: Yeah, "Broad's way!"
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Followed by Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »


Love Boat
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by James Burrows and chorus
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A "Talkie" In Transition
17 May 2005 | by (Riverside, California) – See all my reviews

To say the least, watching this movie was an interesting experience. For one thing, "The Broadway Melody" predates the Hayes Code, which placed strong restrictions on what could and could not be seen (or heard) in movies. For example, we see numerous shots of Hank and Queenie in various states of undress, including shots of them in their undergarments as they change clothes, and even one of Queenie in the bathtub(!). No, nothing is revealed, but in 1929, it must have been scandalous to see this.

Another interesting aspect of this film is that, despite the fact that it is a "talkie," title cards like those seen in silent films appear throughout. Apparently, MGM wasn't quite sure how to progress the story of the movie as it switched to different sets.

Another thing I noticed was the similarities between some of the characters' names to those of real people. Specifically, "Jock Warriner" sounds like "Jack Warner" (who was head of Warner Bros. Studios) and "Francis Zanfield" is similar to "Florenz Ziegfeld" (of Ziegfeld Follies fame). It would seem the writers didn't have far to go to create some of these characters.

As for the acting, Bessie Love is the best performer in the film. Her character, Hank (yes, a man's name!), is intelligent, strong-willed, determined, and tough-minded, and she deservedly received an Oscar nomination for her performance in this film.

"The Broadway Melody" is a somewhat dated movie (to echo the sentiment of TV Guide), but it is still worthwhile to watch. The script is a little hokey, but the performances (especially from the women) shine through.

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