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Babes in Arms (1939)

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

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Joe Moran
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Judge Black
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Rosalie Essex
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Florrie Moran
Betty Jaynes ...
Molly Moran
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Don Brice
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Jeff Steele
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Dody Martini
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Bobs (as John Sheffield)
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Madox
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William
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Mrs. Barton
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Martha Steele
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Storyline

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!

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Comedy | Musical

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Michael C. 'Mickey' Moran: Here we are together, a couple of stayer uppers. Our day is done at breakfast time, and starts it with our suppers. Here we are together, but the best of friends must party. So let me sing this parting song from the bottom of my hearty.
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Soundtracks

Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Ernie Erdman, Dan Russo and Gus Kahn
Danced by Mickey Rooney in a clip from Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
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Mickey Rooney does it all!
24 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Babes In Arms is one of my favorite movies of all time. I will never forget seeing this film. In fact, it was the first Mickey Rooney film I ever saw. Mickey Rooney shows off all of his talents here, proving why he was Hollywood's biggest star. Also, earning a much deserved Oscar nominations. Mickey and Judy always charm the pants off of me. Hollywood will never know two more talented teenagers. If you want a good laugh just watch Mickey's impersonations of Clark Gable and Lionel Barrymore. Very impressive stuff. Judy is simply gorgeous in this film as Mickey's girlfriend. The Rooney/Garland chemistry is unmatched to this day. For great music and fun, check out this classic musical.


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