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Broadway Limited (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 June 1941 (USA)
A publicity stunt staged on a train known as the Broadway Limited creates problems because of an unknown baby that was part of the stunt.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Harvey North
Gay Ellen Dakin ...
Detective (as Charles Wilson)
State Trooper
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Bartender (as Sam McDaniels)


As a ploy to gain publicity, a motion picture director wants his star actress to take a baby with her on a train trip. The director's secretary asks the train's engineer, an old boyfriend, for help. As the engineer ponders what to do, a stranger in the train station tells him that he has a baby that could be used. On board the train, the actress meets a young doctor whom she knew in school, and whom she is still in love with. The presence of the baby causes a series of misunderstandings between them, but the real problems begin when the engineer begins to suspect that the baby may have been kidnapped. Written by Snow Leopard

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Hello Broadway, Goodbye Blues




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13 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Baby Vanishes  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 27 June 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 12 December 1948 on WWJ (Channel 2), in Chicago Monday 13 December 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in New York City Tuesday 2 February 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Philadelphia Thursday 16 June 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), as part of their series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »


In most scene, a streamlined modern engine is pulling the Broadway Limited. But an old-fashioned iron horse is pulling it when it enters Harrisburg, PA. Then, a modern engine is again at the front 100 miles further when it pulls into Philadelphia. See more »


Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

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Nuts on a train
17 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Broadway Limited is a madcap, low-budget comedy from 1941. It stars Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe, Leonid Kinskey, Victor McLaglen, Patsy Kelly, and Zazu Pitts.

Wanting publicity for his star, April (Woodworth), a director, Ivan (Kinskey) wants her to take a baby with her on a train going from Chicago to New York.

The director's secretary (Kelly) asks her old beau, who is the train's engineer, for help. He hears from a stranger that he has just such a baby. Once on the train, April runs into an old love, Harvey (O'Keefe), who knew her at school.

Meanwhile the search is on for a kidnapped baby, and the engineer wonders if the baby on the train is that child.

The best scenes in the film are those showing the Pennsylvania Railroad trains, equipment, and the pacing shots. Excellent.

Kinskey, Pitts, and McLaglen are just great, very funny. I admit that I've never cared for Patsy Kelly. She had a loud voice and a flat delivery (to me) and that's about it. O'Keefe and Woodworth were okay - with a touch better casting, this comedy might have gone up a few notches. Woodworth was apparently pushed into stardom before she was ready, and O'Keefe, always solid and likable, doesn't have a flair for comedy.

Fun and enjoyable. The baby is cute, too.

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