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Broadway Gondolier (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  27 July 1935 (USA)
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Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
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Alice Hughes
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Professor Eduardo de Vinci
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Mrs. Flaggenheim
William Gargan ...
Cliff Stanley
George Barbier ...
Music Critic Hayward
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E.V. Richards, Radio Producer
Ted Fio Rito ...
Ted Fio Roto - Orchestra Leader (as himself)
The Mills Brothers ...
The Four Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Brothers)
Donald Mills ...
Member of the Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ...
Member of the Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills ...
Member of the Mills Brothers
John Mills ...
Member of the Mills Brothers
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Music Critic Gilmore
Joe Sawyer ...
'Red' (as Joseph Sauers)
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Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

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


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27 July 1935 (USA)  »

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Efterlyst i radioen  »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli: Say, I see you didn't lose your job.
Alice Hughes: And I still see you're still driving a cab.
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Connections

Referenced in The Black Network (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Outside of You
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits and as background music
Sung by Dick Powell at an audition
Reprised by Ted Fio Rito Orchestra (as "Ted Fio Rito and His Band") on the radio show with Ted Fio Rito on piano,
Candy Candido on bass and vocals by The Debutantes and Muzzy Marcellino
Reprised at the last radio show
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Made in the Days When Cops and Cabdrivers Sang "Rigoletto"
11 September 2002 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This little known Dick Powell-Joan Blondell romance musical, with a good turn by Louise Fazenda, is a charmer. What I like most is its erudition. Those must have been the days. At the beginning, occasionally in the middle, and near the end, everyone on the street seems to know the turns and lyrics to arias from Rigoletto."

"What's THAT?!" most movie audiences would ask today.

It opens with two music critics debating how one aria goes, then their cab driver -- who turns into the title character when he masquerades, per his vocal coach Adolph Menjou, as an Italian to get on the radio here -- joins in and a beat cop also does.

The rest of the music is very nice, too; but not quite Verdi.


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