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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Winninger ...
Joe Moran
Judge Black
June Preisser ...
Rosalie Essex
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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In two of her MGM musicals, Judy Garland performed the classic rouser, "Broadway Rhythm" (music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Arthur Freed). The first was in this film, as part of the Roger Edens-created "Opera Vs. Jazz" routine, also featuring Betty Jaynes. The second was the last tune in a medley which closed 'Presenting Lily Mars (1943)', when the ditty was used as a showcase for Judy to dance with Charles Walters (who went uncredited for choreographing and performing in the finale), and for the star to sing with the MGM Studio Chorus, backed by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. See more »


During the girls' duet, Patsy Barton begins her solo, and Mickey Moran switches from cello plucking to piano thumping. However, the music continues as it was before, and we don't hear any amazing sounds on the piano in spite of Mickey's efforts. See more »


Michael C. 'Mickey' Moran: No, no, no, judge! You don't understand; she don't understand, either. Oh, she don't mean no harm to us, but... we're not her kind of people - or yours, either. We belong in show business. We gotta start young so we can get some steel in our backbone. Well, gee, we're developing. You couldn't teach us a trade: we've GOT one. And you couldn't do without it... Oh, we're only kids now, but someday we're gonna be the guys that make ya laugh and cry and think that there's a little stardust left on ...
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Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
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Music by Bernard Hanighen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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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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