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
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  »

Box Office


$748,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM Studio's biggest money grosser of 1939, surpassing The Wizard of Oz (1939) for that production year. 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 »


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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Features Broadway to Hollywood (1933) See more »


The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Sung by party guests and Danced by Joe Caits and an unidentified man
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Judy Judy Judy! (And Some Others)
1 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie was done right after "Wizard of Oz" and shows Judy Garland in a more appropriate role for her age. It is great to see her and Mickey-- the "Good Morning" duet at the beginning is just priceless! Watch the opera versus swing number she does with Betty Jaynes and you can almost imagine the short "Every Sunday" with Deanna Durbin being an influence. June Preisser plays a spirited Shirley Temple parody, which was weird because I could have sworn Shirley Temple was being signed, or soon to be signed to MGM. Unfortunately, they try to make Judy be the homely one, which mystifies me because she looked absolutely gorgeous in this film. Good songs, and good numbers throughout. Yes, the minstrel scene near the end will make your jaw drop, but if we didn't have things like this on film, we would never know how it really was back then, and therefore not know how hard it really was.

Oh, and Mickey Rooney was good, too. Hyper, but good.

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