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Robert Riskin (screen play)
Mark Hellinger (based upon a story "Strictly Confidential" by)
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Release Date:
27 December 1934 (USA) See more »
The comedy successor to "It Happened One Night"
A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 nomination See more »
Forgotten Pre-Codes: "One More Spring" (1935)
 (From MUBI. 28 December 2011, 11:59 PM, PST)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warner Baxter ... Dan Brooks

Myrna Loy ... The Princess

Walter Connolly ... J.L. Higgins
Helen Vinson ... Margaret

Douglass Dumbrille ... Eddie Morgan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Raymond Walburn ... Colonel Pettigrew
Lynne Overman ... Happy McGuire

Clarence Muse ... Whitey
Broadway Bill ... Broadway Bill - a Horse

Margaret Hamilton ... Edna

Frankie Darro ... Ted Williams
George Cooper ... Joe
George Meeker ... Henry Early
Jason Robards Sr. ... Arthur Winslow (as Jason Robards)
Ed Tucker ... Jimmy Baker
Edmund Breese ... Presiding Judge
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Peterson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Robert Allen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Hamburger Stand Owner (uncredited)

Lucille Ball ... Blonde Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Henry A. Barrows ... Governor (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Waiter (uncredited)
James Blakeley ... Interne (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Racing Fan (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Jailer (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Higgins' 2nd Butler (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Morgan's Bookkeeper (uncredited)
Charles Brinley ... Racing Fan (uncredited)
Ethel Bryant ... (uncredited)
Edmund Burns ... (uncredited)
Patricia Caron ... (uncredited)
Helene Caverly ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anna Chandler ... (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Racetrack Onlooker (uncredited)
Irene Coleman ... Nurse (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... (uncredited)
Tom Costello ... (uncredited)

Inez Courtney ... Nurse Mae (uncredited)
Edith Craig ... (uncredited)
Phyllis Crane ... (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Policeman (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... (uncredited)
J. Gunnis Davis ... (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... (uncredited)
Harry Dunkinson ... (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... (uncredited)
Janet Eastman ... (uncredited)

Elinor Fair ... (uncredited)
Helen Flint ... Mrs. Henry Early (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Secretary (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bruce Gailbraith ... Jockey (uncredited)
Gladys Gale ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Claude Gillingwater ... J.P. Chase (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... (uncredited)
Maurine Gray ... (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Alan Hale ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Adalyn Hall ... (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Bradshaw (uncredited)
Paul Harvey ... James Whitehall (uncredited)
Ara Haswell ... Nurse (uncredited)
A.R. Haysel ... Mike (uncredited)
Richard Heming ... (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... (uncredited)
Ruth Hiatt ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Racetrack Rube (uncredited)
Harry Hume ... (uncredited)
John Ince ... Mayor (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... (uncredited)
William Irving ... (uncredited)
John Irwin ... (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Mel (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Harry Keaton ... (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... (uncredited)
Charles King ... Betting Parlor Window Man (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... (uncredited)
Myrtland La Varre ... (uncredited)
Alice Lake ... (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
W.E. Lawrence ... (uncredited)
Ila Lee ... Nurse (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... (uncredited)
P.H. Levy ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ... (uncredited)
Stanley Mack ... Racetrack Tout (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... (uncredited)
Tony Martelli ... (uncredited)
Betty May ... Nurse (uncredited)
Kay McCoy ... (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... (uncredited)
Gene McKay ... (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Man in Barbershop (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Barber (uncredited)
John Merton ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Veterinarian (uncredited)
Helene Millard ... Mrs. Arthur Winslow (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... (uncredited)
Ruth Milo ... (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Mike (uncredited)
George Morrell ... (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Reporter (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Higgins Flunkey (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... (uncredited)
Evelyn Pierce ... (uncredited)
Dick Prichard ... (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Johnson (uncredited)
Don Roberts ... (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Rita Ross ... Nurse (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... (uncredited)
Dixie Russell ... (uncredited)
Robert Ryan ... (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Conductor Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)
Kay Sherris ... (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Brooks' Phone Operator (uncredited)
Sue Stevens ... (uncredited)
William H. Strauss ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Eddie Sturgis ... (uncredited)
Richard Sumner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ethel Sykes ... (uncredited)
Bob Tansill ... Whitehall's Jockey (uncredited)
Harry Todd ... Pop Jones (uncredited)
Billie Van Every ... (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Betting Parlor Operator (uncredited)
Catherine Wallace ... (uncredited)
Fred Walton ... Butler (uncredited)
Lillian West ... (uncredited)
Robert Whitney ... Race Track Tout (uncredited)
Lee Willard ... (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Collins (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Spaniard (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screen play)

Mark Hellinger (based upon a story "Strictly Confidential" by)

Sidney Buchman  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel J. Briskin .... associate producer (uncredited)
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Harry Cohn .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
Art Direction by
Jerome Pycha Jr. (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Roy Davidson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Rhein .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Edward Bernds .... sound (uncredited)
Irving 'Buster' Libbott .... microphone operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... camera crew (uncredited)
Bob Charlesworth .... electrician (uncredited)
James Goss .... camera crew (uncredited)
George Hager .... gaffer (uncredited)
George F. Kelley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Lackey .... camera crew member (uncredited)
Al Layter .... best boy (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Lloyd .... head grip (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation (uncredited)
Marty Crail .... laboratory technician (uncredited)
Melrose Hooper .... stand-in: Myrna Loy (uncredited)
Joe Lynch .... stand-in: Walter Connolly (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stand-in: Warner Baxter (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #390)

Did You Know?

Modern prints carry the Paramount logo before the opening credits and after the closing credits due to the fact that the film is now owned by Paramount, who bought the rights in order to produce the remake Riding High (1950).See more »
Dan Brooks:Doesn't anything ever change in this mausoleum?
Alice Higgins:Yes. Bedspreads and underwear.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Horse With A Heart, 14 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In his memoirs Frank Capra gave very short shrift to Broadway Bill. In fact he only mentions it when he starts to talk about the remake of this film Riding High. The remake was in 1950 and Broadway Bill was done immediately after It Happened One Night.

In just a couple of paragraphs he mentions that he did a film called Broadway Bill sandwiched between It Happened One Night and Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. He was dissatisfied with it because the leading man, Warner Baxter, was afraid of horses and it showed. Capra then said he resolved to do the film over again with an actor who loved horses. Of course he got Bing Crosby and second to golf Crosby did love horses and horse racing. It was a perfect fit.

I didn't notice anything too terribly wrong with Baxter's performance away from the horse playing the title role. Baxter's a footloose sort of guy who's married to the daughter of millionaire Walter Connolly, Helen Vinson. Baxter's heart is at the racetrack, he loves the life and the people there. Vinson's younger sister Myrna Loy understands him though and it does take Baxter a while to figure out he married the wrong sister.

Frank Capra filled out his cast with many of the regulars who appeared in his more well known classics and they all look like they were born and bred at the racetrack. In this and in Riding High, my favorite is Raymond Walburn, the larcenous and lovable old 'Colonel' Pettigrew ready to make the ultimate sacrifice and marry 'Vinegar Puss' Margaret Hamilton.

Broadway Bill is not up there with Capra's more populistic films nor is it as good as Riding High, but it still is a wonderful heartwarming story of a horse who showed us in the higher species, the meaning of courage and heart.

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