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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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Mary Hale
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James Geoffrey Seymour
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
Franklin Pangborn ...
Gene
E. Alyn Warren ...
Everett (as E. Allyn Warren)
Paul Hurst ...
Reynolds
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Fellows
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Storyline

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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It's got "Maytime's" glories..."Ziegfeld's" thrills. No wonder 22,000,000 people voted Jeanette MacDonald Queen of Song, Romance and Beauty! (original newspaper ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Serenade  »

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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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Connections

Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

What You Goin' to Do When the Rent Comes 'Round? (Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown)
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Played on piano by Lew Ayres and sung by Jeanette MacDonald and an unidentified quartet in the Naughty Nineties nightclub
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1 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Strange musical stew with a puppyish Lew Ayres and a soft-focus Jeanette MacDonald making an unlikely romantic pair. The score is, shall we say, oddly eclectic, ranging from Victor Herbert (surprise!) to Ella Fitzgerald. Worth catching, though, for the final reel, which features possibly the screwiest musical number ever to appear in a "golden-age" MGM film (via Busby Berkeley). This one's beyond description -- not even Harlow singing or Crawford dancing comes close.


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