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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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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 {J-26}

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Trivia

One of the first Hollywood musicals to acknowledge that World War II was taking place. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Penny Morris: I don't think I like you.
Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Thank you.
Penny Morris: Your welcome!
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Soundtracks

Alabamy Bound
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Bud Green
Played on banjos by Mickey Rooney and others in the "Babes on Broadway" number
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Mickey Rooney at light speed
8 April 2004 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one of those Hollywood 'Let's put on a show!' movies that were so popular in that bygone era. Such ha sense of sadness, though, when you realize that so many of the stars died young(Judy Garland-47, Ray McDonald-34, Virginia Weidler-41). Mickey Rooney, always a little high-strung, outdoes himself here, as he seems a 78RPM record, while everyone else is moving at 33 1/3. The minstrel number at the end is really quite embarrassing by today's standards, but it was the sort of thing they could get away with in those days. Quite a few of the standard 'view from above' shots common in Busby Berkeley films. I found it interesting as a look back at a bygone time that never really was.


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