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Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Passed | | Musical | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

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Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brent as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Eleanor Powell - Fred Astaire - In The Finest Broadway Melody Of Them All

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9 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Broadway qui danse  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Follows The Broadway Melody (1929), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) and Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937). Another film in the series was planned, "Broadway Melody of 1943" starring Eleanor Powell and Gene Kelly. However, that project was abandoned, and a dance number filmed by Eleanor Powell was edited into Thousands Cheer (1943). See more »

Goofs

When Johnny substitutes for King at the last minute, the costume fits the much smaller Johnny perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Brett: [singing] So, move Grant's Tomb to Union Square / and put Brooklyn anywhere / but please, please / I'm down on my knees / don't monkey with Broadway!
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.1 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got My Eye on You
(1939) (uncredited)
(instrumental and choral reprise)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by offscreen chorus
Danced by Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, and George Murphy
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Fred Astaire joins the "Broadway" titles for the best film in the series...
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

When ELEANOR POWELL and FRED ASTAIRE do their glittering "Begin the Beguine" number on a polished black-mirror floor wearing white outfits and tapping their way through a jazzed up version of the song, they can do no wrong. It's clearly the highlight of the whole musical and well worth waiting for. In fact, it's more than that--it's an iconic musical moment.

The story involves a slight case of mistaken identity that has to be straightened out before Powell can see that FRED ASTAIRE is the man she loves, not GEORGE MURPHY. Poor George always had the secondary role in these things--even with all that talent. It's reminiscent of the treatment he got in FOR ME AND MY GAL with Judy Garland being won by Gene Kelly instead of Murphy.

The reason for the high rating is simply this--FRED ASTAIRE and ELEANOR POWELL are without a doubt two of the greatest talents in the musical genre and their "Begin the Beguine" is the show stopper of show stoppers. Unforgettable.

Nothing else really matters, except to mention that their "Juke Box Dance" is also a treat to watch. Powell really excelled as a solo performer but when she and Astaire do manage to do a duo together it's well worth watching.

The genial supporting cast includes FRANK MORGAN at his blustery best and the lovely FLORENCE RICE, who appeared in quite a few of MGM's "A" films before disappearing from the screen.


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