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Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 2 October 1940 (USA)
A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.

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Storyline

Charles Engle has been caught embezzling. He writes a suicide note, and goes out wandering on the town. Small-time hustler Bill O'Brian sees him give a couple of big tips, figures he's rich, and plans to take him over to a big-time card game and fleece him. He enlists Nina Barone to help get Engle to the game. She goes along, but is more interested in O'Brien than in his schemes. Meanwhile, a perpetually drunk and none too successful playwright, Gene Gibbons, finds the suicide note. He cooks up a scheme (with the reluctant aid of O'Brien) to get the money Engle needs to pay back his employer and save his life. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Trivia

The tagline on the original movie poster - "A HECTIC ROMANCE TO BLOW THE FUSES OUT ALONG MAZDA LANE" - refers to the Broadway theater district in New York City as "Mazda Lane." Mazda was a brand of light bulbs common in the first half of the 20th century, with a name referencing an ancient Persian god of light and good. Broadway was and is known for its brightly lit marquees, and had many nicknames in its heyday. See more »

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When Gene goes over to his soon to be ex-wife in the club, the ashtray fills up between cuts. See more »

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Bill O'Brien: [on the telephone] Hello, Dutch? Bill O'Brien! Say listen, I'm over at the Pigeon Club takin' in the sights, and, uh, I ran into somethin' that I thought might be of mutual interest to us. An out-of-town job came shoo-shooing in here a while ago and throwin' away money like birdseed.
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Music by Maurice Yvain
French lyrics by Jacques Charles and Albert Willemetz
English lyrics by Channing Pollock
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Not bad
23 February 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film that many reviews say was way ahead of its time, and it was not a roaring success due to this fact. A very dark drama, it has some wonderful scenes, both sad and touching, but those are rivaled by quite a few confusing and/or dull scenes. Douglas Fairbanks, jr. and Rita Hayworth both act supremely, which luckily saves the film from being a killer. Make sure you give this one your full attention when you watch it, anything less and you'll be lost. If you stay watching, it'll keep you compelled, as well as touch your heart.


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