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Broadway Gondolier (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 27 July 1935 (USA)
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
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Cliff Stanley
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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
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Music Critic Gilmore
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'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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two of Joan Blondell's real-life husbands were involved in this film. Her first husband, cinematographer George Barnes, photographed it. Her second husband, Dick Powell, was her co-star. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli: This radio's a good racket!
Professor Eduardo de Vinci: Radio! Psstttt! Singing for soap, a flea powder, dough biscuits, or a cheese. I will not permit it!
[Walks away, turns around, walks back]
Professor Eduardo de Vinci: Do you think they would be interested?
Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli: You can't tell. Maybe I'll even turn out to be a crooner.
Professor Eduardo de Vinci: In Italian, there is no word for crooner.
Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli: That's okay, Professor, in English, there's no word for spaghetti.
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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: Psychic Fun-omenon Day (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

For Lovers Only
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music
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He sounds about as Italian as Chop Suey...this is the sort of script that must have been driving Powell crazy!
19 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell was immensely popular in films during the 1930s. Warner Brothers shoved him into picture after picture...yet Powell was not happy. He longed to have meatier roles and was tired of playing boy next door types in musicals. After seeing "Broadway Gondolier", I could see why he hated these sorts of roles. And, like many of his musicals of the day, they haven't aged all that well.

The biggest problem with "Broadway Gondolier" is that the plot is pure puff--with no depth and a story that just doesn't make sense. Powell plays Dick Purcell*, a cab driver who longs to sing on the radio. However, after blowing his audition to sing for a show sponsored by a cheese company, he gets another chance by pretending to be someone else...and Italian gondolier! Sounds ridiculous? Absolutely. Powell sounds about as Italian as Mantan Moreland or Anna May Wong! The plot makes absolutely no sense and the film is filled with a lot of not particularly memorable songs. Not a terrible film but not a good one.

*It is very interesting that they chose the name 'Dick Purcell' for Mr. Powell. That's because there already WAS an actor with the REAL name of Dick Purcell in Hollywood. He would soon make a niche for himself in Hollywood playing, among other things, Captain America.


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