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Broadway Serenade (1939)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  7 April 1939 (USA)
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Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ian Hunter ...
Larry Bryant
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Cornelius Collier, Jr.
Wally Vernon ...
Joey - the Jinx
Rita Johnson ...
Judith Tyrrell
Virginia Grey ...
Pearl
William Gargan ...
Bill
Katharine Alexander ...
Harriet Ingalls
Al Shean ...
Herman
Esther Dale ...
Mrs. Olsen
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Gene
E. Alyn Warren ...
Everett (as E. Allyn Warren)
Paul Hurst ...
Reynolds
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Fellows
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Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway producer) spots Mary and is taken with her beauty and golden voice. Larry Bryant asks her to audition for Mr. Collier and have Jimmy accompany her. After hearing Mary, Collier wants Mary to be in his show. Jimmy encourages a reluctant Mary to go on the road without him. Soon Mary's talent is noticed and her role in the show increases, while Harriet Ingalls the show's original star is pushed out. Ingalls quits promising to seek revenge. After 5 weeks on the road, Mary returns home. Mary is now a big star, while Jimmy's career has gone nowhere, and he feels threatened by Mary's success. Jimmy while waiting for Mary to dress, starts to read a Broadway magazine. Seeing pictures of Mary with Larry, he pours himself a drink and another till he's drunk. Larry stops by, and Ingalls suddenly appears and accuses ... Written by Kelly

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Taglines:

LOVE SONGS TO THRILL YOU (original ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emporte mon coeur  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Mary Beth Hughes. See more »

Quotes

James: Lambchop, do you remember that wonderful, romantic honeymoon we never had?
Mary: I remember it as though it were tomorrow.
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Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

(Here We Go 'Round) The Mulberry Bush
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on piano by Lew Ayres and on violin by Leon Belasco and sung Jeanette MacDonald at the boardinghouse
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6/10 ***/5 ~ Jeanette stumbles in her career and breaks a nail.
22 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a string of glorious classics including The Merry Widow, Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, Maytime and San Francisco, Jeanette MacDonald had rapidly grown from Paramount transfer to established musical Queen of the MGM lot. Her operetta series with Nelson Eddy was challenging the studio's intended blockbusters. Stars from Joan Crawford to Norma Shearer were taking new acting lessons and going over their contracts. Evidently MGM felt the need to show MacDonald her place, and railroaded her into this unworthy affair which remains among the "Iron Butterfly"'s weaker vehicles.

MacDonald herself endures the film with her usual dignity, and there are the usual songs and arias to atone for the silly story. Also there's a chance to see Lew Ayres out of his "Dr. Kildare" strait-jacket, and Jeanette has some charming scenes with The Wizard of Oz himself, Frank Morgan. Anyone who loves the Lion will find something to like; everyone else beware.


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