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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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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
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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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She Stumbled On A Career and Broke Her Heart. See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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7 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Serenade  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Busby Berkeley only directed the final musical number. 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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Soundtracks

Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by John H. Flynn
Lyrics by Will D. Cobb
Played on piano by Lew Ayres and sung by Jeanette MacDonald and audience in the Naughty Nineties nightclub
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Dull and Irritating Overblown Mess
17 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although Jeanette MacDonald struggles valiantly, the script is poor, overlong and cliché. Ayres' character is thoroughly unlikeable, boorish, insanely jealous, violent - the audience has difficulty caring about him and likewise the motivations and caring of MacDonald, who plays his wife.

Able support is given by Al Shean as the kindly old musician who takes an interest in Ayres' serious music composition, and Rita Johnson, who gets all the best lines as a catty chorus girl who has her eye on the producer (Frank Morgan) and won't let anyone get in her way. Also fine is Franklin Pangborn who is wonderful in his three scenes as a frustrated arranger.

The score is lackluster. Jeannette has a medley at the beginning (Yip I Addy I Ay, Just A Song at Twilight and a few unrecognizable tunes), Lonely Heart - based on Tchaikovsky's song, Flying High, Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly, another montage of snippets of songs, Musetta's Waltz, Les Filles de Cadiz, Italian Street Song, One Look At You. It's a combo of song and opera snippets and new songs that are dreary.

The stupid finale with grotesque masks and bizarre sets and lighting makes no sense in terms of a staging of a rhapsody, less in the fact that the music is stolen from Tchaikovsky - one of Busby Berkeleky's very worst conceptions.

Flatly directed by Robert Z. Leonard and overlong at 114 minutes, this is a forgettable mishmash, far below the standard the studio had previously set for Jeannette, at the time its biggest star. See it only for her.


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