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Broadway Bill (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  27 December 1934 (USA)
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A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

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J.L. Higgins
Helen Vinson ...
Margaret
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Eddie Morgan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Raymond Walburn ...
Colonel Pettigrew
Lynne Overman ...
Happy McGuire
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Whitey
Broadway Bill ...
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Edna
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Ted Williams
George Cooper ...
Joe
George Meeker ...
Henry Early
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Arthur Winslow (as Jason Robards)
Ed Tucker ...
Jimmy Baker
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Storyline

Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that. Brooks quits his job as manager of J.L.'s paper box factory and devotes his life to his racing horse Broadway Bill, but his bank- roll is thin and the luck is against him, he is arrested because of $150 he owes somebody for horse food, but suddenly a planed fraud by somebody else seems to offer him a chance... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The comedy successor to "It Happened One Night"

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27 December 1934 (USA)  »

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After Paramount Pictures bought the rights to this film, the studio pulled it from circulation to avoid competition with Frank Capra's remake Riding High (1950). The film remained unseen until it was re-released in the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Dan Brooks: Doesn't anything ever change in this mausoleum?
Alice Higgins: Yes. Bedspreads and underwear.
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Edited into Riding High (1950) See more »

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Split-Pea Soup and Succotash
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Composer Unknown
Sung several times by Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy
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A less famous Frank Capra film
19 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Capra, who gave us so many well known films, such as "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," and "It's a Wonderful Life," also gave us the lesser known "Broadway Bill" in 1934. The movie was remade later as "Riding High" with Bing Crosby, though it is not a favorite of Frank Capra.

The story concerns Dan Brooks (Warner Baxter), married to a wealthy woman and working for her father (Walter Connelly). Dan is miserable. He walks away from the job and his wife, who refuses to accompany him, to pursue his dream of working in the racing industry. He gets behind a horse named "Broadway Bill." Bill is super-fast, but even with everything stacked against the horse, Dan knows he can win.

Myrna Loy costars as Dan's sister-in-law, who believes in what he's doing and is secretly in love with him.

"Broadway Bill" is a sentimental film, with some satisfying moments. However, I have to admit I'm not crazy about the racing footage - I believe wire was used to trip the horses, which is disturbing.

Not Capra's best, but not bad either if you can stomach accidents with horses.


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