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Babes in Arms (1939)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  13 October 1939 (USA)
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The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.



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Joe Moran
Judge Black
June Preisser ...
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Florrie Moran
Betty Jaynes ...
Molly Moran
Douglas McPhail ...
Don Brice
Jeff Steele
Leni Lynn ...
Dody Martini
Johnny Sheffield ...
Bobs (as John Sheffield)
Barnett Parker ...
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Barton
Martha Steele


Mickey Moran, a talented singer and musician, son of a veteran from the show business. Mickey has a partner, Patsi Barton, a pretty girl and also a very talented singer. One day, a big opportunity arrives for Mickey, a big contract to set up his own show. However, things don't go well, and in order to avoid being sent to a work farm, he'll improvise a show in the country, despite the awful weather conditions. Patsi's in love with Mickey, he loves her too, but for him the show must go on, and his big dream maybe will come true: formally stage his play in a big scenario, with a huge production. Written by Alejandro Frias

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The big musical fun show!


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de la farándula  »

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$748,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Broadway musical production of "Babes in Arms" opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on April 14, 1937 and ran for 289 performances. It had a large cast that included Mitzi Green, Dan Dailey, Alfred Drake, Ray McDonald, and The Nicholas Brothers. See more »


Mickey is handed a cigar by the butler during the "dinner party" with Rosalie. Just before he gets up from the dinner table he puts the cigar down but in the next shot he still has the cigar in his hand and has to put it down again. See more »


Don Brice: [singing] Play day is done, we must wait in the sun, we must fight for. So babes in arms to arms!
Kids: [sings] To arms! To arms, babes in arms!
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I Like Opera/I Like Swing
(1939) (uncredited)
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I admit, i'm a sucker for good song and dance.
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not good because it's a Busby Berkley film. It's not good because of the corn fed mom country and apple-pie sentiment. It's not good because of the Rogers and hart score.

This is great to watch because it comes from the hard years of the depression where even in hard times young people learned how to sing, or dance, or act, or sing dance and act.

This large cast of performers is packed with showbiz musical theater talent born of Vaudeville, that represents an era that was unparalleled and we will never see again. For all his goofiness Rooney does it all here. And Judy, oh dear Judy, she shines in absolutely every thing she does. Giving more than we have a right to expect in every thing she does.

Even with it's flaws as an over the top movie, the black face routine is not defensible even in it's own time, there are moments in this moving where if you don't see the awesome musical theater talent of the whole cast of "PERFORMERS", you are miserable indeed.

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