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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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$940,068 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast took place in Philadelphia Thursday 14 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); on the West Coast, it was first aired in Los Angeles 12 June 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and, eventually, in San Francisco 19 January 1961 on KGO (Channel 7); it's earliest documented telecast in New York City presently stands at 1 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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

Maxine, Little Girl at Audition: Please wait don't send my brother to the chair, don't let him burn, please please warden please
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Connections

Featured in 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) See more »

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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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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