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Lord Byron of Broadway
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Writers:
Nell Martin (from the novel by)
Crane Wilbur (dialogue continuity) ...
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Release Date:
28 February 1930 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Should I reveal exactly how I feel?...Blehhh! See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Kaley ... Roy
Ethelind Terry ... Ardis

Marion Shilling ... Nancy

Cliff Edwards ... Joe

Gwen Lee ... Bessie

Benny Rubin ... Phil
Drew Demorest ... Edwards
Jack Byron ... Mr. Millaire (as John Byron)
Rita Flynn ... Red Head

Hazel Craven ... Blondie

Gino Corrado ... Riccardi
Pauline Paquette ... Marie (as Pauline Paquet)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iris Adrian ... Lady In The Audience (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Voice on Radio (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Roy's Ex-Sweetheart (uncredited)

Ann Dvorak ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Party-Goer (uncredited)
Jack Harvey ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Song Publisher (uncredited)

Virginia Sale ... Flirty Dowager (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Larry - Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
William Nigh 
 
Writing credits
Nell Martin (from the novel by)

Crane Wilbur (dialogue continuity) and
Willard Mack (dialogue continuity)

Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Bohny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Allen M. Davey .... second camera operator (uncredited)
W. Howard Greene .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ira Hoke .... still photographer (uncredited)
Maurice E. Kains .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Tobey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Nacio Herb Brown .... music by
Arthur Freed .... lyrics by
Dimitri Tiomkin .... ballet music
 
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... dances staged by
Albertina Rasch .... ballet stager (as Madame Albertina Rasch)
 
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Runtime:
80 min | USA:77 min (Turner library print)
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Color:
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
In late 1928, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that it had bought Nell Martin's novel "Lord Byron of Broadway" and would be turning it into a musical with William Haines and Bessie Love. However, it went downscale when actually casting the central roles, and the lack of star power and the so unappealing story added up to a flop at the box office. Critics commented about its lackluster casting, and "Lord Byron Of Broadway" quickly sank at the box office.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Nertsery Rhymes (1933)See more »
Soundtrack:
Only Love Is RealSee more »

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5 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Should I reveal exactly how I feel?...Blehhh!, 15 June 2006
Author: paulwl from Irvington, NY, USA

If the name of Ukulele Ike makes you smile with informed warmth, you may want to give a quick flip past "Lord Byron of Broadway" when TCM replays it in thirty years or so. If you're obsessive-compulsive enough to wait out scene after scene of tepid love talk for two-strip Technicolor Albertina Rasch dance routines, or lesser-known Nacio Herb Brown songs trilled by operetta-singing stiffs, you may even sit thru a good portion of it. But whatever you bring to it, be warned that you cannot possibly like this picture.

Even to the 1929 audience, "Lord Byron" must have been a bland plate of turkey indeed. The color dance numbers aren't too bad to look at - Mme. Rasch owed a debt to Busby The Great, or maybe vice versa - but listening to the draggy, chirpy musical settings is painful even if you love the music of the 20s. And if the name of lead actor and grade-B recording star Charles Kaley means anything at all to you, you've watched entirely too much Joe Franklin. Or perhaps you ARE Joe Franklin.

Strictly for nostalgia nerds, this, and even for them, it's not all that rewarding.

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