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Babes on Broadway (1941)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  January 1942 (USA)
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Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Tommy Williams
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Penny Morris
Fay Bainter ...
Miss Jones
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Barbara Jo
Ray McDonald ...
Ray Lambert
Richard Quine ...
Morton Hammond
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Mr. Stone
Alexander Woollcott ...
Alexander Woollcott
Luis Alberni ...
Nick
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Thornton Reed
Emma Dunn ...
Mrs. Williams
Frederick Burton ...
Mr. Morris
Cliff Clark ...
Inspector Moriarity
William Post Jr. ...
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Carl Stockdale ...
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Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through her gets the idea to promote a show to send orphaned children on a country holiday. But he is only using the kids to get on himself, which Penny soon realises. With his romance off, an engagement in Philadelphia he can't get to, and, indeed, war in Europe, life can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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$940,068 (estimated)
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The role of Barbara Jo was intended for Shirley Temple but after the failure of Kathleen (1941), MGM canceled the rest of her three-picture deal. See more »

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During the "Hoe Down" number, both Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland's voices are heard singing, but Judy is not singing the words. See more »

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Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Will ya sing me a song?
Penny Morris: How do you know I can?
Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Because you sing when you talk. When you walk. Why your eyes, why their singing right now
Penny Morris: They are? Well I'll be darned
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Soundtracks

The Yankee Doodle Boy
(1904) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Mickey Rooney imitating George M. Cohan
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You can't get rickets listening to the crickets
14 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Mickey and Judy want to put on a show (surprise) to help orphans. Only Mickey has an ulterior motive -- to impress a big shot producer and get a gig on Broadway. When Judy finds out, it looks like splitsville for the duo. Nice Busby Berkeley musical although it's way too long to have such a thin plot. But the musical numbers with Judy and Mickey are what people care about and most of those are energetic and fun. Film debut of Margaret O'Brien in an adorable bit. Donna Reed has a small part as a receptionist. Mickey and Judy are both perfect, playing parts similar to many others they played. By the way, I love the posters the kids create to advertise the show. One slogan reads: "Do you want rickets on your conscience? Get the kids to the country." Certainly sounds more sincere than some celebrity-endorsed causes in recent years.

What seems to get the most reaction here on IMDb is not surprisingly the minstrel number at the close of the show with all of the actors in blackface. Yes it's dated and offensive but some of the comments here are way over the top. One imbecilic individual even said Mickey Rooney shouldn't have been allowed to work again! Put the Kool-Aid down, kid.


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