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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
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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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Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

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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Early musical
23 September 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

An interesting musical curio featuring some legendary names like Texas Guinan and the late Russ Columbo. Columbo shows promise as a cowardly crooner but he's only in the last half of the film. The stars are Paul Kelly and the lovely Constance Cummings who showed great unfulfilled promise as a musical comedy star. The Film is infamous as the reason for Al Jolson punching co-writer Walter Winchell. Jolson thought the story was too closely based on the real life adventures of his wife Ruby Keeler and her gangster pals.


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