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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance  -  20 September 1935 (USA)
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Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »

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Bert Keeler
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Irene Foster
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Bob Gordon
Una Merkel ...
Kitty Corbett
Sid Silvers ...
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Ted
June Knight ...
Lillian Brent
Vilma Ebsen ...
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Robert Wildhack ...
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Paul Harvey ...
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Harry Stockwell ...
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Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets this information and is writing about this in his column in an slight unfriendly way. Gordon's old class mate Irene Forster, a tap dancer from Albany also tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lilian insists in getting this part herself. So Irene Forster, Bert Keeler and Gordon's secretary Kitty start a little game to get Irene the leading role. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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20 September 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Buddy Ebsen's first movie. See more »

Quotes

Sally Burke: Why don't you go back and see Gordon?
Irene Foster: I will not!
Sally Burke: You *came* here to see him, didn't you?
Irene Foster: Yes, but I still have a little pride left.
Ted Burke: So's Gandhi, but he's getting awful thin.
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Broadway Rhythm
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played during the opening credits
Danced to by a chorus at rehearsal
Sung by Frances Langford at the nightclub
Danced to by Buddy Ebsen, Vilma Ebsen, June Knight, Nick Long Jr. and Eleanor Powell at the nightclub
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Broadway Melody-Melodious Tuning ****
14 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Something was very different in the making of this 1936 musical. Robert Taylor actually does some singing here and he isn't bad at all.

Eleanor Powell shines as his girlfriend from Albany coming to the Great White Way to get into show business.

Jack Benny is absolutely wonderful as the gossip columnist who needs a change of pace from reporting baby births. He comes up with a beauty of a story. His assistant, Phil Silvers, steals the show.

With it all, it's still Powell's picture as the Broadway seeking gal with her fabulous take off of Paris bomb shell Arlette.

O that Broadway rhythm! The dances are marvelously staged and as it's 1936, the cast is young and shines.

The under-rated Una Merkel is great as Taylor's secretary whose up to her ears with the plot to get Powell as Arlette to impress Taylor. Imagine, Merkel would have to wait 25 years after this film to secure a supporting Oscar nomination as Geraldine Page's hopelessly addicted mother in "Summer and Smoke."


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