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The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | | Drama, 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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Storyline

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

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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6 June 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1929  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$379,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,808,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,558,000
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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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| (2-Strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The category of Best Picture was introduced in the second annual Academy Awards in 1930, whereas the first in 1929 had two similar categories, "Best Picture, Production" (awarded to Wings (1927)) and "Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production" (awarded to Sunrise (1927)). See more »

Quotes

Eddie Kearns: "Mrs. Eddie Kearns" - sounds pretty doesn't it?
Hank Mahoney: Swell, Eddie!
Eddie Kearns: Yeah, and you can feature that anytime, in the electric lights.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Wedding of the Painted Doll
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung offscreen by James Burrows and danced by chorus girls
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The Sounds of Broadway!
23 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Sadly now considered by critics and modern movie fans as "the worst film to ever win best picture". And I couldn't disagree more with everyone on here! People, this film was made in 1929!!!!!! I agree with those who say modern movie fans shouldn't watch this film, that's true. They have no appreciation for older things. This film, now has been reduced to ONLY be viewed by real film lovers. And, I'm sure it will be hard for some people to try and remember not to judge this film by today's awful, tasteless standards but by the standards of films through-out the 20's. I don't care what anyone says, this film has a charm to it that has been lost in films today. And I enjoyed it for what it is. "The Broadway Melody" is the story of two sisters, the Mahoney sisters; Queenie (Anita Page) and Hank (Bessie Love). Who come to New York so they can make it on Broadway with the help of Hank's boyfriend, Eddie Kearns (Charles King). Soon a love triangle follows. I admit, that the film fails as a musical, but, I think as a drama it works. The film doesn't have the pizazz of other films from the early 30's. The dance numbers seem stale and flat. Just watch "Whoopee" made one year after and see those dance numbers. They seem more "splashy". Though, they did try with the "Wedding of the Painted Doll" number. That one sort of had some "glitz and glamour" to it. But, watch the "Broadway Melody" number, and you'll think it's just plain. There's nothing to it. Some might find it interesting to know that Edmund Goulding came up with the film's story. He I believe directed the 1932 film "Grand Hotel" which happened to win the Oscar that year as well. Bottom-line: Though it is seen as merely an important film due to it being the first all talking all singing film, it does carry more with it than that. It has a lost charm to it and I personally like hearing some of the songs; "The Broadway Melody" and "You Were Meant For Me". An entertaining film, that ONLY serious film fans should see! I voted it 10\10


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