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Babes on Broadway (1941)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
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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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Storyline

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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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 »

Goofs

In the "Hoe Down" number, during Ray McDonald's tap dance, his foot movement does not match the sound of the taps. See more »

Quotes

Tommy 'Tom' Williams: I was a failure yesterday, now look at me today!
Penny Morris: You mean you even looked worse yesterday?
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The Yankee Doodle Boy
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Rooney and Garland - what more need be said.
26 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like fast paced Hollywood musicals from yesteryear, then this movie is for you. The story is dated and hokey, but there is a lot of singing and dancing. Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and the rest of the cast is excellent. Rooney demonstrates his versatility as a song-and-dance man and pairs well with Judy Garland who sings several songs and is quite engaging. The finale includes a several-minutes long minstrel sequence which some may find insensitive as it is performed in black face. That notwithstanding, Garland performs a number in black face and in drag (i.e. dressed as a male), which is remarkable. The cinematography is excellent, capturing the dance sequences in all their glory. If judged by current tastes, the movie's style is a curio, an antique. But what is not dated is the energy, vitality and the music itself which would resonate with today's audience.


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