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Comet Over Broadway (1938)

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Story of a rising stage star and the trouble she causes by her ambition.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eve Appleton
Ian Hunter ...
Bert Ballin
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Bill Appleton
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Grant
Minna Gombell ...
Tim Adams
Sybil Jason ...
Jackie
Melville Cooper ...
Emerson
Ian Keith ...
Wilton Banks
Leona Maricle ...
Janet Eaton
Ray Mayer ...
Brogan
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Appleton
Nat Carr ...
Haines
Chester Clute ...
Willis
Edward McWade ...
Harvey
Clem Bevans ...
Benson
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Storyline

Eve Appleton, wife of small-town garage owner Bill Appleton, has theatrical ambitions. Bill gets into an argument with a visiting actor over her, kills him accidentally and is sent to prison. Eve, realizing her part in Bill's fate, vows to right matters, and taking her infant daughter, goes away to make her way in the theatre. Later, she is forced to leave her baby girl with her friend "Tim" Adams. Bert Ballin befriends her and they fall in love, but she flees abroad and becomes a star. Back in America, as the Toast of Broadway, she is brought back to a realization of her former vows by Joe Grant, her hometown lawyer. Oh, back-of-hand-to-forehead suffering gesture, what is a girl to do? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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3 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curtain Call  »

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Trivia

This was the first script that Broadway columnist-turned-film writer/producer Mark Hellinger worked on at Warner Brothers. When Bette Davis read the script, she snorted "Weak tea!" and refused to play the lead. She then accepted a role in The Sisters (1938). See more »

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Features I Found Stella Parish (1935) See more »

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Dames
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Music by Harry Warren
Played as Eve and Tim talk backstage after burlesque number
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Ludicrous Tripe
4 August 2006 | by (my sofa) – See all my reviews

2 stars for Kay Francis -- she's wonderful! And she didn't deserve this horrible tripe that Warner Bros. threw her way!

The two-pronged premise that this movie is based on is ridiculous and unbelievable in the extreme. Kay is a small-town wife and mother who yearns for something bigger: she wants to be an actress. When a big-shot actor comes to town and invites Kay to his hotel to talk about possibilities, Kay tells her husband she's going to the movies. The hubby's biddy of a mother puts a bug in hubby's ear that Kay's not being truthful, and he sets out looking for her. He finds her w/ the actor in the hotel (they are only talking!) and he slugs the guy, who falls over a railing, lands face-first in a pond (lake?), and dies. Now here's the two unbelievable premises upon which the rest of the movie is based:

1) the judge tells the jury that if it's determined that the man died *before* his head went into the water, that they must find the hubby guilty of first degree murder. (Whaaaaa?????? I think slugging a guy in a fit of rage would count for manslaughter or murder 2 at the most, not FIRST DEGREE murder. Give me a break! But the plot required him being found guilty of murder 1 so that he could be sent to prison for life. Whatever.)

2) the hubby's lawyer, after the conviction and sentencing, tells Kay that it's all HER fault. His reasoning is that if she hadn't gone over to the actor's room, then her husband wouldn't have had to go after her and slug the guy and kill him. He tells her that she's the guilty one, not her husband, and she nods and agrees. What. The. Hell?!?!?! The rest of the movie is all about Kay trying to achieve fame and money in order to get her husband released from prison and right the wrong she committed by causing him to kill the actor dude in the first place.

I can't even go on with this review. The movie was just all too painful. Four years earlier, in the pre-code days, you'd never have caught Kay playing such a wimp! In true Kay Francis fashion, though, she did do her best to make us believe that this woman was a believable character. I give her much credit for trying to breathe some life and credibility to this thankless role. This character was a far cry from pre-code Kay roles and real-life spitfire Kay Francis.

Steer way clear of this one! There are much better Kay Francis vehicles out there! (From personal experience, I can highly recommend Mary Stevens, MD and Jewel Robbery; also good are Dr. Monica and One Way Passage. I'm sure there's other great Kay flicks as well, but I'm only mentioning the ones I've seen and can recommend.)


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