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Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)

Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it ... See full summary »

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Frank Rocci
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Sybil Smith
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Max Mefoofski
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Tex Kaley
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Abe Lyman - Orchestra Leader
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Chuck Haskins
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Peanuts Dinwiddie
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Frances Williams
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Eddie Foy Jr.
Dewey Barto ...
Dewey Barto - Comedy Team of Barto and Mann
George Mann ...
George Mann - Comedy Team of Barto and Mann
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Tim Crowley
William Burress ...
Thomas Barnum
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Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it will also get Joan to fall in love with him. After scoring a hit, Joan accepts Frank's marriage proposal, more out of gratitude than love. The situation gets even stickier when she falls for a handsome band leader during a trip to Florida. Can she tell Frank she's in love with someone else? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

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2 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Broadway Love  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film is based so exactly on the courtship of Ruby Keeler and Al Jolson that Jolson, having read the script, knocked out Walter Winchell when they met accidentally at the Hollywood American Legion stadium on the night of July 21, 1933. Keeler, who was a dancer at Texas Guinan's nightclub, was dating gangster Larry Fay when she met Jolson. Fay visited Jolson after hearing of this just to tell him that he could marry her. See more »

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Referenced in Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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When You Were a Girl on a Scooter and I the Boy on the Bike
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Constance Cummings and Eddie Foy Jr. with chorus and the Abe Lyman Band
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Memorable Cast, So-So Movie
4 September 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

The only reason to see "Broadway Thru A Keyhole", is because for perhaps the one and only time you can see Russ Columbo, Texas Guinan and Blossom Seeley in the same movie. They were all famous in their own right for other things than motion pictures, but here they are. All downhill after that, as the story is a pedestrian love triangle between Paul Kelly and Columbo, and with Constance Cummings as the hypotenuse. It was supposedly fashioned after the lives of Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler and a gangster, but that doesn't make it a better or a more interesting story.

The music was written by the team of Bert Gordon/Harry Revel but the songs are not good ones and none became a standard. This was the biggest letdown when watching the movie, even more so than the uninspired screenplay. I guess the only thing to recommend it is the novelty of the appearance of the three stars in the same picture. The title is merely a tantalizing come-on for a small return.


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