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Broadway (1942)

 -  Crime | Musical  -  8 May 1942 (USA)
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George Raft, playing himself, recalls his days on Broadway, where he acquired a reputation as a great dancer--and also one as a brawler, a ladies man and an associate of some of the city's most notorious gangsters.

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Marjorie Rambeau ...
Lillian (Lil) Rice
Anne Gwynne ...
Pearl
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Nick
Edward Brophy ...
Porky
Marie Wilson ...
Grace
Gus Schilling ...
Joe
Ralf Harolde ...
Dolph
Arthur Shields ...
Pete Dailey
Iris Adrian ...
Maisie
Janet Warren ...
Ruby (as Elaine Morey)
Dorothy Moore ...
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George Raft, playing himself, recalls his days on Broadway, where he acquired a reputation as a great dancer--and also one as a brawler, a ladies man and an associate of some of the city's most notorious gangsters.

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Crime | Musical

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 30, 1942 with George Raft reprising his film role. See more »

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Despite the fact that the bulk of the story is taking place in the 1920s, all the women's hairstyles and fashions are strictly in the contemporary 1942 style. See more »

Quotes

George Raft: The biggest hicks in the world came from where I gew up.
Mack 'Killer' Gray: What are you talking about? Where?
George Raft: Broadway.
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Remake of Broadway (1929) See more »

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Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Bert Hanlon and Ben Ryan
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GR Plays GR In Universal 'A'
3 June 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Broadway" is a semi-biopic/gangster movie in which the stars align and everything works. It has all the elements of a hit movie; good idea, good script, good cast, good music, good pacing. It is listed as a musical but the musical is almost incidental; the movie takes place backstage at a theater (which is also a speakeasy) and it contains a couple of old songs for the chorus girls to perform. George Raft tells the story in flashback, as he visits New York and reminisces about the old days, particularly about his gangster involvement.

I don't care for George Raft. He was a wooden actor and had an unattractive persona and appearance. But here I feel he did his best work, even creating a little sympathy for his character as well as showing his dancing feet - remember, he is a middle-aged guy playing a young guy. He was better here than in "Souls At Sea". The picture gets a big lift from Broderick Crawford as the heavy, and his acting here rivals his AA performance in "All The King's Men". Pat O'Brien plays a 'flatfoot'(no surprise) and comic relief comes in the form of SZ Sakall and Edward Brophy. Janet Blair and Anne Gwynne were very pretty in slight roles; too bad their careers weren't more prolific.

The picture moves at a good pace, and I really can't think of a drawback or a valid complaint. Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, a quick 90 minutes. It was shown at Cinevent, Columbus,O. 5/12.


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