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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. ...
Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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One of the first Hollywood musicals to acknowledge that World War II was taking place. 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 »

Quotes

Penny Morris: I don't think I like you.
Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Thank you.
Penny Morris: Your welcome!
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Mary's a Grand Old Name
(1905) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Judy Garland imitating Fay Templeton
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War-time talent show for Rooney-Garland and company
24 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Babes on Broadway" is the third of four pairings of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in MGM musical revue films. And, it's a very good one. Besides the two stars, a number of other top actors and entertainers are part of this film. Fay Bainter, Donald Meek and James Gleason are the old-timers; and a number of young hoofers and singers add to the music show. Busby Berkeley also directs this one, and gives us some excellent samples of his music and dance extravaganzas.

The film has several very good songs – many of them popular then or from the past. The "Hoe Down" number and routine are very good, and the closing finale is a showcase of talent for Rooney and company. In one scene, Mickey as Tommy and Judy as Penny daydream and imagine themselves playing scenes and numbers by famous entertainers of the past. Penny does Faye Templeton singing "Mary's a Grand Old Name," Blanche Ring singing "Rings on My Fingers and Bells on My Toes" (Irish brogue and all), and Sarah Bernhardt dialog in French. Tommy mimics Richard Mansfield in Cyrano de Bergerac, and plays Sir Harry Lauder, in kilt and cane, singing "She's Ma Daisy." He sings George M. Cohan's "Yankee Doodle Boy," and in the finale he does a hilarious mimic of Carmen Miranda.

Besides his dancing and song, Rooney in this film plays the banjo and piano. His musical talents were as big as anyone's. He could also play the bass and drums – both like a pro. Some reviews think Rooney is overacting. But his mannerisms aren't hammy or mugging the camera. They are part of the energy and liveliness of his persona. While some people may not like it, that's what his character is and was meant to be, and most of the public in those days thoroughly enjoyed that type of entertainment.

One or two reviews thought the British school kids scene wasn't necessary or was out of place. I don't think so. Remembering that this was during the war, and that England had been getting blitzed by Germany, I think this was a nice touch. Hollywood had a sense of patriotism and pulling together during the war, and it served our country and allies very well. If anything, this is a small tribute to the movie industry for its contributions in helping lift the spirits of people at home and abroad.

This is a fun and enjoyable song and dance film. What's not to like? Today, people spend $50 to $100 for tickets to a single concert, few if any of which have near the variety of wholesome stage entertainment.


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