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Comet Over Broadway (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 December 1938 (USA)
Story of a rising stage star and the trouble she causes by her ambition.

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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
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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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3 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curtain Call  »

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Both William Keighley and Edmund Goulding turned down the job of directing this movie, and Bette Davis refused to play the lead. Miriam Hopkins was originally cast in the lead, but was replaced by Kay Francis when she became ill. Janet Chapman was originally cast as "Jackie" but was replaced by Sybil Jason. See more »

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Features I Found Stella Parish (1935) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Played as Eve and Tim talk backstage after burlesque number
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Kay, Strong and Brave
14 September 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Soap Opera about a small town married woman (Kay Francis) who works at the local newsstand, performs as leading lady in her local playhouse, but dreams of becoming a star on Broadway. When a famous actor who is a ham, a windbag, and a womanizer to boot, arrives in town she visits him in his room with dreams of him giving her tips to stardom - he pretends his valet is his "manager" tricking her into believing she has all it takes but "experience" to become a big star. Her husband finds out and punches the guy resulting in the actor's unexpected death - which leads to a murder trial and even more unexpected: a life prison sentence for hubby. Next thing you know she's joined a traveling Burlesque show in hopes of one day making it to Broadway and making enough money to get her man's freedom - all the while her baby is sleeping in a trunk!

This film has a pretty interesting plot, well, a bit far-fetched perhaps, but very melodramatic (with tons of melodramatic music to make sure you get it) - all *greatly* enhanced by the strong, emotional performance given by Kay Francis - she just makes this film. Also helping here is the well-done acting by Minna Gombell in her role as a "getting close to forty" older lady who works the burlesque and befriends Kay. Worth seeing, especially for Kay Francis fans.


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