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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 20 September 1935 (USA)
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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Cast

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Irene Foster
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Bob Gordon
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Kitty Corbett
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Snoop
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Ted
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Lillian Brent
Vilma Ebsen ...
Sally
Nick Long Jr. ...
Basil
Robert Wildhack ...
The Snorer
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Frances Langford
Harry Stockwell ...
Harry Stockwell
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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>

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20 September 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, Eleanor Powell did not want to be in this film but was too polite to directly tell MGM executives. She asked for the leading role and an exorbitant salary, and MGM accepted her demands. Powell was spotted in a Fox screen test by Louis Maayer, who initially thought she was African-American but changed his mind when he found she was white. She was initially offered the part played by Una Merkel but eventually played the lead. 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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Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Musicale (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

On a Sunday Afternoon
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung and danced to by Buddy Ebsen and Vilma Ebsen
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Eleanor Powell bursts into stardom as a great dancer...
1 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Although this is clearly a showcase for the talented dynamo ELEANOR POWELL, MGM's forerunner to the tap-dancing Ann Miller, Broadway MELODY OF 1936 has some painfully clumsy musical moments that are mercifully offset by some brilliant dance routines by Powell. You have to take the good with the bad, and thankfully, the best moments are worth watching.

Worst of the lot, is the tenement roof dance "Sing Before Breakfast" sung by Buddy and Velma Ebsen while Powell does the dance steps, possibly the clumsiest musical moment in the whole film with an uninspired song to boot. But when Powell is daydreaming to "You Are My Lucky Star" her dancing reaches the zenith of her particular appeal as a performer. Lots of other musical moments are equally worthwhile, but as said before, there are some poorly staged moments too.

In fact, the whole story is an uneven blend of music and dance with a thin story serving as a mere excuse to introduce each new number. JACK BENNY, as a gossip columnist, and PHIL SILVERS, as "Snoop", his sidekick, have some funny moments in early screen appearances, and MGM's matinée idol ROBERT TAYLOR gets to sing a ditty or two in a pleasing enough fashion. Powell was always dubbed for her singing, in this case by Frances Langford.

It's not the best of the Broadway MELODY flicks, but has its moments of pure fun with the very talented Powell proving that she could even act a little between dance numbers.


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