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Broadway Gondolier (1935)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
Alice Hughes
Professor Eduardo de Vinci
Louise Fazenda ...
Mrs. Flaggenheim
William Gargan ...
Cliff Stanley
George Barbier ...
Music Critic Hayward
E.V. Richards, Radio Producer
Ted Fio Rito ...
Ted Fio Roto - Prchestra Leader
The Mills Brothers ...
The Four Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Brothers)
Donald Mills ...
Member The Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ...
Member The Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills ...
Member The Mills Brothers
John Mills ...
Member The Mills Brothers
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Music Critic Gilmore
Joe Sawyer ...
'Red' (as Joseph Sauers)


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LOVERS ENRAPTURED -- ...Sweethearts enthralled in the light of venetian moonbeams and music!






Release Date:

27 July 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Gondolier  »

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Joseph E. Bernard is listed in the studio records in the role of "Official", but was not seen in the print. See more »


Alice Hughes: People don't marry crooners. They only divorce them.
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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: Psychic Fun-omenon Day (1990) See more »


Flagenheim's Odorless Cheese
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Harry Seymour on the radio show
Reprised by Dick Powell and Joan Blondell
Reprised by Sam Ash three times on the radio show
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Breezy comedy with music courtesy of Dick Powell...
18 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

DICK POWELL is a cab driver with singing aspirations who doesn't mind holding up traffic while he demonstrates his singing prowess to a couple of captive passengers who are so impressed they arrange an audition for him. Only in the movies, only in the movies.

This is another one of those improbable Warner Bros. comedies with a far-fetched plot that has him spoiling his radio audition when his song turns out to be a children's ditty with his part relegated to imitating barnyard animals. With the mike still on, he loses his temper and the job.

When JOAN BLONDELL, as assistant to radio manager GRANT MITCHELL, is assigned to Italy, who should follow her (as a stowaway aboard ship), but Powell, still intent on impressing her with his singing. Before you know it, thanks to his pal ADOLPHE MENJOU, Powell gets work as a gondolier. After that, the plot follows the rather familiar course of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, all in musical comedy fashion of the '30s.

Dick Powell has a pleasant, if unremarkable voice and his tenor serenading is pleasing enough, as is his flair with light material. Of course, he bowls over the radio station's sponsor (LOUISE FAZENDA) the moment he lifts his voice in song within earshot of those he needs to impress as he rows his gondolier in the moonlight.

Naturally, Blondell re-discovers him in a new setting and romance blossoms. It's the kind of set-up Warners would use later for their female star, DORIS DAY, always being discovered for either a radio show or Hollywood by Jack Carson or Dennis Morgan in her early Warner comedies that used the same formula.

It's pleasant nonsense, easy to take, and makes no special demands on your viewing pleasure if you enjoy watching DICK POWELL and JOAN BLONDELL so obviously enjoying themselves. None of the songs are particularly memorable and it's the kind of film soon forgotten after one viewing, but obviously it offered the kind of entertainment that answered the needs of undemanding Depression-era audiences.

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