MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 941 this week

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  20 September 1935 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 934 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 10 critic

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 »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 562 titles
created 28 Aug 2012
 
a list of 660 titles
created 27 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 21 May 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 1883 titles
created 10 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Broadway Melody of 1936.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet,... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King
Born to Dance (1936)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
Honolulu (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Movie star Brooks Mason wants a vacation from his over zealous fans. He hires Hawaiian plantation-owner George Smith, a look-alike, to change places with him for a few weeks.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Eleanor Powell, Robert Young, George Burns
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan plays his girlfriend, Peggy. Danny realizes success in the ring and uses his income to pay for his brother ... See full summary »

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco
Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Steve Raleight wants to produce a show on Broadway. He finds a backer, Herman Whipple and a leading lady, Sally Lee. But Caroline Whipple forces Steve to use a known star, not a newcomer. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two bumbling magicians help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The title represents the hopeful, ambitious students at a hospital training school and is primarily a story of the stern discipline and laborious physical and mental toil they endure in ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Loretta Young, John Boles, Dorothy Wilson
Knockout (1941)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: William Clemens
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Olympe Bradna, Virginia Field
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A smooth-talking sailor looking for a quick date meets the granddaughter of an admiral and finds himself in a house full of top Navy officers, along with a couple of spies interested in plans for a new robot-controlled flight system.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Jean Muir, Frank McHugh
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A Texas oil millionaire, after failing to secure oil lands in Argentina, seeks out a famous race horse in Buenos Aires and order his representative to buy the nag at any price. Ellison has ... See full summary »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Jack Hively
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, James Ellison, Alberto Vila
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Irene Foster
...
Bob Gordon
Una Merkel ...
Kitty Corbett
Sid Silvers ...
Snoop
...
Ted
June Knight ...
Lillian Brent
Vilma Ebsen ...
Sally
Nick Long Jr. ...
Basil
Robert Wildhack ...
The Snorer
Paul Harvey ...
Managing Editor
...
Herself
Harry Stockwell ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You have waited seven years for this! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Melody of 1935  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "I've Got A Feeling You're Fooling" contains the line "It's just the well-known old Army game". The "Army game" is a variation on 3-card Monte where the object is to confuse the player in order for the dealer to win. It was named the Army game since it was often played in the Army trenches during WW1. 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.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream Of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung on a record in French by an unidentified singer
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
They Just Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Broadway Melody of 1936 is my all-time favorite movie. One day I was watching the special features on the Singin' In the Rain 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. I watched the "Broadway Rhythm" excerpt from this movie and the "I've Got a Feelin" You're Foolin' excerpt, too. After viewing I was all "What was that?" So I watched them again. After the 4th time, I was hooked. So I bought the whole movie about a year ago and here I am today, commenting on it.

The B.M. of 1936 is an amazingly likable movie. The plot is flimsy like most other musicals of the Golden Age, but it's really, really, funny. The other reviewers summed up the plot correctly so I guess I won't be able to add anything new to that. But the smooth blend of plot and musical numbers are so dynamic that it the whole finished product just blows you away.

Now, for the stars. We have Jack Benny, in pretty much top-form as a newspaper gossip columnist. He is very likable in his role, because he (typical of 30's musicals) heroically does a good deed in the end despite all the trash he printed.

Sid Silvers is extremely hilarious as his hare-brained assistant and the scenes where he pretends to be Arlette's secretary are really funny.

This is Buddy and his sister Vilma's 1st film and Vilma's last. They are cute here as Eleanor's friends, and their dance numbers are really cute, too.

Nick Long Jr. has to be seen to be believed in the "Foolin'" number. I've never seen any dancer on screen, not even Fred Astaire do stuff like that.

Una Merkel is her usual wise-cracking, voice-of-reason self as Robert Taylor's secretary, and does top-notch work, as usual.

Little-known Broadway and B-movie actress June Knight gives an wonderful performance as the young, snooty widow who puts up the money for the show. Though probably the closest thing to a villain in the movie, she comes across as extremely likable because of the ah-mazing musical number with Robert Taylor and her wonderfully comedic acting. I don't think this movie would've become my favorite if she weren't in it.

Robert Taylor is as usual, way handsome, suave, and likable. There's really nothing more i can say about him except that he's terrific. And hunky! In here he is at the peak of his matinée idol stardom!

And Eleanor Powell. Her acting is good and she surprisingly is GREAT in her Mlle. Arlette imitation. But the dancing! It's out of this world!!! I think is the best dancer in movie history along with Fred Astaire. You have-have-HAVE to see her in the finale! Her timing and everything is so perfect, it's almost unreal! B.M. of 1936 is definitely one of her best vehicles, because she comes across as very talented, sweet, and likable.

The musical numbers, as I've said before, are extremely dynamic. Why? Because of the music and everything else. It took a lot of work, people, and time to produce the #s and it was not in vain, because all the numbers are spectacular. The key thing is the music. I's so good!!!!! All the songs are either toe-tapping or sweet and elegant ballads. One of the best Freed/Brown movie scores. The sets play a big part, too. Unlike a bunch of musicals from this period, the sets are not over-decorated and unbelievably lavish. No, they are simple, streamlined, very elegant, and art-deco. Because of these great sets, the actors' performances were displayed to the best extent they could be. Here's a list of the musical numbers:

Broadway Melody: Sung in the very beginning by Harry Stockwell.

You Are My Lucky Star: Sung after Broadway Melody by Frances Langford.

I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin': The 1st big number here and my favorite musical number ever! Robert Taylor and June Knight are terrific together and look great. I think this # is an ultimate example of old-Hollywood glamor with the art-deco night club set, and the glitzy costumes and atmosphere. June Knight is definitely not the world's greatest dancer but her singing is great. Robert Taylor pulls off his number well with a nice singing voice. The whole thing is extremely romantic and elegant. To me, "Foolin'" is unforgettable.

Sing Before Breakfast: Buddy and Vilma Ebsen tap dance to this in the beginning. Later, Eleanor taps. It's the start of her career at MGM and a mere shadow of what was yet to come. This # is fun and adorable.

I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin: Reprised nicely at a rehearsal by Frances Langford.

You Are My Luck Star: Another big # and enchanting! I am sure everybody will like this lavish ballet but I think it's a tad bit not as good as the other #'s for some reason I can't pinpoint. it's first sung by Eleanor (dubbed by Marjorie White) and then danced by Eleanor and a bunch of chorines.

On a Sunday Afternoon: Another cute big-ish # by Buddy and Vilma. Their tapping is great. They're is in 1890's period costume for this.

A Cappella Tap: Eleanor does an a cappella tap #! She is truly amazing in this while in Arlette guise.

Broadway Rhythm: The glorious finale! You have to see this! The costumes and the set and acts are just wow!!!!!! And that MUSIC is absolutely soul-searing!!!!! And when Eleanor comes out for the end, she does one of her best tap solos ever! I can hardly describe this, just see the number and you'll love it! Well, that's the end of my review. I think this the the Best B'Way Melody and one of the best old musicals ever. Bye!


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A Wonderful Film! wilso127
Who was 'Arlette's' singing voice? historianeverild
the snorer stopped the film cold, but not in a good way oldsenior
Where is Jeni Le Gon sue_blue
Eleanor Powell was amazing! henryeather
Katharine Hepburn impression LarrupinLou
Discuss Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?