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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 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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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 »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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

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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Connections

Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

No Time To Argue
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Kenny Stevens during a montage
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Not Jeanette's best
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Through no fault of the players, this must be one of the worst major studio films of a great year for cinema--1939. Jeanette is charming as always, although I'd like to see her try Butterfly on stage without amplification. I'm afraid the orchestra would win that round! That said, she warbles beautifully and is great fun to watch.

Lew Ayres plays a nearly saintly husband (albeit with a temper) and the supporting cast is just fine. The problems: a hackneyed script, and an incredibly tasteless and vulgar Busby Berkeley number to end the affair. Of course we expect BB's numbers to be over the top, we just don't expect them to be so poorly designed. Without this final extravaganza, I'd have given this a 5 at least, but after seeing that debacle, I'm giving it a 3.


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