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The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 6 June 1929 (USA)
A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.



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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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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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) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Followed by Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) and Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940). Another film in the series was planned, "Broadway Melody of 1943" starring Eleanor Powell and Gene Kelly. However, that project was abandoned, and a dance number filmed by Eleanor Powell was edited into Thousands Cheer (1943). See more »


Stagehand: Listen, Mahoney, we want you up on the prow of that boat. Come on now. Take, get your clothes off.
Queenie Mahoney: Oh, but, I don't want to take my clothes off!
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Featured in Babes in Arms (1939) See more »


Truthful Parson Brown
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Willard Robison
Played and Sung by guitarists Eddie Bush, Paul Gibbons, Bill Seckler and Ches Kirkpatrick
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It was a different world
10 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have just watched the Broadway Melody for the second time. I liked the picture very much because it takes one back to a very interesting time in our history. I am fascinated with the period it represents. I liked the dialogue and the music and the dancing and so on. I think that the film is excellent for its time. Many modern viewers will look at the film and think it as poor because of the dated acting and technology. You have to remember it is 1929 not 2004. Central to its appeal for me is the fact the plot is both complicated and simple. The conflicts of affection between the characters is nicely resolved in the end. The simple fact of life is shown in the film. That is to say that all the fame and money in the world is not worth a thing if one is not happy with it.

Most films today depress me very much. I want to be entertained. I don't want to see a bunch of banality. Broadway Melody takes you back to a time when there was true entertainment. I really liked "The Wedding of the Painted Dolls". A lot of precision went into that number.

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