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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance  -  20 August 1937 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sally Lee
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Sonny Ledford
Binnie Barnes ...
Caroline Whipple
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Peter Trot
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Alice Clayton
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Betty Clayton
Charles Igor Gorin ...
Nicki Papaloopas
Raymond Walburn ...
Herman Whipple
Robert Benchley ...
Duffy
Willie Howard ...
The Waiter
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James K. Blakeley
Robert Wildhack ...
The Sneezer
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George Papaloopas
Barnett Parker ...
Jerry Jason
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Storyline

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. Sally purchases a horse, she used to train when her parents had a farm before the depression and with to ex-vaudevillians, Sonny Ledford and Peter Trott she trains it to win a race, providing the money Steve needs for his show. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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So New It's a Year Ahead

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20 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1937  »

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Trivia

Four songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed were deleted after previews: "Sun Showers" (sung by Charles Igor Gorin), "Got a Pair of New Shoes" (sung and danced by Eleanor Powell), a reprise of "Yours and Mine" (sung by Judy Garland and a boys choir), and the beginning of the "Your Broadway and Mine" finale (sung by Garland and the MGM chorus). "Got a Pair of New Shoes" and "Sun Showers" were later sung by Garland in Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937), the latter being cut as well. Most of Powell's tap solo to "Got a Pair of New Shoes" was included in the compilation film The Great Morgan (1946). See more »

Goofs

During the number "I'm Feeling Like a Million," Sally's skirt is wet after splashing in the puddles, but in the next scene her skirt is dry again. See more »

Quotes

Betty Clayton: [singing] I don't care what happens, let the whole world stop. As far as I'm concerned you'll always be the top. 'Cause you know you made me love you.
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Follows The Broadway Melody (1929) See more »

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Largo al factotum
(1816) (uncredited)
from "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)"
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Played on piano by Billy Gilbert and sung by Charles Igor Gorin
Reprised by him at the racetrack
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enjoyable musical which reunites the 1936 cast members
10 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor, Buddy Ebsen and Robert Wildhack reunite for "Broadway Melody of 1938," not to be confused with "Broadway Melody of 1936" which is better. The 1938 film also stars Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland, Robert Benchley and Binnie Barnes. Taylor is now a producer named Steve instead of Robert, and Powell is newcomer to Broadway Sally Lee. Instead of knowing Steve from Albany, she now comes from a farm. Wildhack is doing scientific work on sneezing instead of snoring this time, and Buddy Ebsen still dances but has actually quit show business. The plot concerns the usual getting the money for a Broadway show, with horse racing thrown in for good measure.

The musical numbers are nowhere near as good as in the past, but we do have the young Judy singing her "You Made Me Love You" to Mr. Gable and "Some of These Days" belted out by Sophie Tucker. At 15, Garland had a very mature voice and was adorable. What a gift. It was also a rare treat to see Sophie Tucker. Here she plays Judy's mother and runs a rooming house for actors. Charles Igor Gorin plays an opera singing barber and sings the Toreador Song and Largo al factotum very well. As you'll see, the horse thinks so too.

Taylor looks fabulous and provides the eye candy and Powell's dancing is great. There are some cute bits in the movie as well. The finale is absolutely enormous. Good fun.


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