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Babes on Broadway (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | January 1942 (USA)
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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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 fastest musical show on Earth, biggest song and dance spectacle of all time! See more »


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Budget:

$940,068 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,850,000 (USA) (11 August 1946)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Margaret O'Brien's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Alexander Woollcott is introducing the story, at one point his bow tie disappears and his collar is open. See more »

Quotes

Morton 'Hammy' Hammond: Looks like somebody's been reading our mail.
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Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home
(1851) (uncredited)
aka "Swanee River"
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on banjo by Mickey Rooney in the "Babes on Broadway" number
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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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