Broadway Hostess (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  7 December 1935 (USA)
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A woman becomes a successful singer, but can't do as well in love.



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Complete credited cast:
Wini Shaw ...
Winnie (as Winifred Shaw)
Phil Regan ...
Marie Wilson ...
Mrs. Duncan-Griswald-Wembly-Smythe
Joe King ...
Big Joe Jarvis (as Joseph King)
Donald Ross ...
Ronnie Marvin
Frank Dawson ...
Morse - Iris' Butler
Harry Seymour ...
Club Intime Emcee


Winnie Wharton gets an audition to sing at the Intime nightclub at the urging of Ted "Lucky" Lorimer, and with Tommy Blake as her pianist, she becomes a big hit. Tommy falls in love with her, but because he senses she fell for Lucky, who became her manager, he remains silent. Lucky says he doesn't want to get married, but he actually has his sights on rich socialite Iris Marvin, who rejects him. Feeling that her refusal was because of the difference in their wealth, Lucky opens up a gambling house to get rich. When Iris' brother loses $30,000 gambling, he steals Iris' jewels to pay his debt to Lucky, who is then arrested for robbery when the theft is reported to the police. But Iris' butler, Morse, saw Ronnie steal the jewels and tells Iris, who bails Lucky out and then marries him. Meanwhile, Winnie gave all her money to a crooked lawyer to get Lucky out of jail, but the lawyer skips town so she can't recover the money. When Lucky hears this, he secretly backs a show for Winnie to ... Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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Red hot rhythm...against a background of Broadway night life!


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Release Date:

7 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esperanças Perdidas  »

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He Was Her Man
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Wini Shaw in the Club Intime nightclub
Reprised in a Revue
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What promises to be a light "rags-to-riches" musical-comedy, quickly devolves into a tedious melodrama. The script is weak, the characters drab, the editing choppy and most of the performances wooden. The picture comes to life only when Allen Jenkins' cocky "Fishcake" is on screen; his scene on a runaway horse sets an energetic pace that the rest of the film would have done well to emulate.

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